Rio Grande Valley Broadband • Entered by Susan Ostlie on December 30, 2020

RGVBB Zoom meeting

October 5, 2020

Participants and Hours

Pre Planning hours 2
Post Admin hours 1
Activity Hours 1.5
Participants 8
Total Hours 15

Key Issue: Multiple apply
Activity Type: Broadband Meeting (prep, implementation & follow up)
Landscape/area: Cibola National Forest (1616435 acres)

Short Description of Activity

AGENDA
10-5-2020 – 3 TO 3:40 PM
RGVBB ZOOM MEETING
3 PM – Check in – How have you been staying busy and safe? Any outdoor activities/projects? Any conservation activities that would float your boat in the next month or two? PLEASE LIMIT TO 3 MINUTES… (Time is limited for this meeting because it’s a free version of Zoom.)
3:15-3:20 – quick discussion of preferences for type of work projects for the Shining River Trail – trail clearing, beaver fencing, removal of Ravenna grass, trash pickup. Tools you might want to bring for each.
3:20 – Various commenting activities available, deadlines and links:
Lincoln NF non-Native Invasive Plant Management – https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=31150 – scoping and DEIS (Draft Environmental Impact Statement) documents; we can work on this with the CBD (Center for Biological Diversity)
Sandia Mt. Coaster proposal – https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56985 This link will take you to several documents, but you can also see a summary at an email I forwarded today from Crystal Powell, Sandia RD. Alternatively, to review the project proposal in an interactive viewer, please visit https://arcg.is/1mLXfi.
Comments from IMBA (International Mountain Biking Assn.) on eBikes in roadless and wilderness areas – https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public/DownloadCommentFile?dmdId=FSPLT3_5358147 – This link is actually one I found in a Montana website, but this issue is coming sooner rather than later to NM forests. It’s a long, but sobering article about an issue that promises to become another assault on roadless areas, especially since getting recommended wilderness through Congressional approval is becoming more and more difficult. It’s therefore more and more important to preserve Roadless Areas as possible future wilderness.
Sandia Collaborative La Madera project possibilities: If you are interested in the Sandia Mt. area from the Placitas/Las Huertas area all the way south to I-40, this is a committee upon which you could become an interested stakeholder. This is not just a very large restoration project, but includes Sandia Cave, various hiking trails, issues with the Perimeter Mountain Biking trail, and potential for monitoring opportunities for invasive plants, etc. Let Susan know about your interests and I will pass your information on to the chairman of this committee.
Invasive plant identification – we can set up a date and time to practice using the INaturalist app. It’s really pretty easy and useful for more than just plants – you can use it to ID and report birds, fish, and other wildlife, almost anywhere in the US.
3:30 to 3:40 – Closing comments from all – please let us know about future actions you want to see become a part of our Broadband!
3:40 – Zoom will probably cut us off then!
4:00 pm – Letters of thanks to our NM legislators for initiating and supporting the Great American Outdoors Act – If you are interested, let me know, and I will set up an additional Zoom meeting at 4 pm today. Link to Sierra Club email.

Reflection/Evaluation

We did do what was on the agenda. I am having trouble remembering how many people were on the call. I am not sure if anyone wrote letters to our legislators thanking them for advocating for the great American Outdoors Act.

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