First, I'm sorry to announce the
resignation of Sherry Bishop from the Board of Trustees. Sherry and
husband John are ardent admirers of Bandelier. In fact, they were
married there. Sherry is dedicated to helping the environment in
tangible ways. She is owner of Bandelier Designs, which specializes
in fine stationery and other paper made from recycled stock. She
donated many reams to the Friends over the years for our newsletters.
Sherry has many interests and we know she will continue to be active
in local organizations. The Board joins me in wishing her the best in
all her endeavors.
Each spring the Board of Trustees meets
for our annual granting session. As usual, the park had more requests
than we can fund. Here are the grants for 2002 .
Newspaper $2,938. For the second year, Superintendent
Vasquez put the park-wide newspaper at the top of his priority list
for grants from the Friends. Our liaison, Chief of Interpretation
Lynne Dominy, felt the newspapers in 2001 were successful in
conveying the message that Bandelier is more than just a pretty
canyon. The Los Alamos Lodgers' Tax is funding an additional $1,500.
We promised funds for printing costs for 5,000 copies for spring and
autumn editions. Each of you should be getting copies of the paper.
$6,000. Once again, we granted archaeologist Rory Gauthier
$6,000 to continue his surface survey of archaeological and historic
sites in the monument. This year he has targeted the mesas between
lower Alamo and Capulin canyons. This is the most remote region of
the park; Rory needs to survey the entire area before he has to pull
his crews from the field because he can't afford to go back. Our
funds give him an extra two weeks. Rory has received an impressive
three year grant to speed up his efforts. He has proclaimed that he
intends to do a 100% survey before he retires. The survey now stands
at 64% complete, and there is a lot of rough country left.
Fortunately, Rory is young! A 100% survey has been a goal of the
Friends since our inception in 1987.
Resource Brochures $1,600. Bandelier is facing two
critical but controversial issues. Superintendent Vasquez feels it is
vital that the park put its case before the public. He has asked for
funding for 2,000 copies each of two brochures. The first brochure
deals with fire ecology and management---certainly a delicate topic
here following the Cerro Grande Fire of 2000. The second brochure
concerns wilderness management, a controversial subject with national
Outreach $4,000. This is rather a sad situation. Lynne
commented that local Pueblo leaders have voiced a strong concern that
many of their elders and children have never visited Bandelier and do
not feel welcome there. Superintendent Vasquez requested $1,000 to
provide special tours for students and elders from local pueblos.
This is a pilot program that we all fervently hope will succeed. The
remaining $3,000 will be used to sponsor a student from the pueblos
for the summer as a member of the cavate preservation crew. This work
is part of the Vanishing Treasures Program, funded by the National
Park Service. Preservation Ranger Angelyn Rivera augmented those
funds with an Architectural Conservation Grant from the J. Paul Getty
Trust for $73,000. The workers document, stabilize, and replaster the
shallow caves. We ran out of money in the middle of the Pueblo
Outreach requests. But the board felt so strongly about their value
that we are trying to find matching funds to help with the costs. We
hope for help from the LANL Foundation, which funds education and
outreach opportunities in north-central New Mexico.
Lynne also briefed us on initiatives at
Bandelier for the coming year. Highlights:
>The National Park Service plans a
year-long celebration commemorating the 70 anniversary of the
Civilian Conservation Corps. Bandelier has the largest collection of
CCC work in the National Park System. Watch for special events
showing off their wonderful collection.
>Lynne showed us mockups of new
interpretive panels; 44 will be placed around Frijoles Canyon and
vicinity this spring. It will be a great time to revisit the park if
you haven't been there for a while.
>To help in recruiting future
rangers, Bandelier is initiating a "shadow" program where a
12th grade student follows a ranger throughout the business day to
get an idea of all the things that go on in a national park. It is a
high school credit program; the student rotates through the
departments at the park.
>Bandelier was awarded a grant for
$400,000 to completely remodel the museum in the Visitor Center -
another future good reason to visit if you haven't been lately.
>The proposed Learning Center has
cleared all bureaucratic hurdles, but funding is stalled in
Washington due to National Security priorities. Before a learning
center can be set up, rangers have to move administrative offices out
of the old lodge. Lynne said they are expecting a federal building in
Los Alamos that would house offices of the National Park and Forest
Services, Valles Caldera Trust, and the post office. By this time,
board members recalled that an afternoon with Lynne is certainly not
Thank you, First State Bank for
reproducing our newsletter. Thank you LANB for continuing faithful
November 2002 will mark the fifteenth
anniversary of the day the Friends went public. To our charter
members through the new member just I logged in, the Board says thank
you very, very much for being Friends.
Dorothy Hoard, President, Board of