About the Stewardship Site:
Located in the southern portion of the Conejos Peak Ranger District, the Rio de los Pinos has its headwaters in the South San Juan Wilderness and drains southwards into the Trujillo Meadows Reservoir near the Rio Grande National Forest. This highcountry reservoir is 69 surface acres in size and offers mountain views as well as fishing for browns, rainbows and occasional brook trout. Volunteers will camp in the adjacent campground.
About the Volunteer Experience:
Volunteers ages 16+ will spend the weekend camping near the Trujillo Meadows Reservoir and removing barbed wire fencing from both sides of the Rio de los Pinos inlet as well as the perimeter of the campground to improve human and wildlife safety. Tasks will include cutting and rolling wire, removing wooden fence posts, and piling materials for later removal. Our volunteer Crew Chefs will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday as well as breakfast and lunch on Sunday.
About the Overall Impact:
The barbed wire fencing poses a significant threat to visitors and local wildlife, but the U.S. Forest Service has limited resources to remove it. In doing so, volunteers will have an immediate impact on the natural environment and eliminate this burden from U.S. Forest Service staff.
Thank you to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for their support in making this project happen!
Minors: Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on overnight projects.
Parking, Food & Facilities: Volunteers will camp at the Trujillo Meadows Campground, which will be either a short walk or a several-minute drive to the work site(s). Pit toilets will be available at both the campground and the worksites, and our volunteer Crew Chefs will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, as well as breakfast and lunch on Sunday.