Friends of Bandelier Web
Newsletter May 2003
This year is the seventieth
anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which
was vitally important to New Mexico during the depths of the
Great Depression and dust bowl. It
hired (and fed) young men and sent money home to their families.
The CCC workers left a lasting legacy throughout the
country, including the buildings and other works at
Bandelier. The men of the CCC are in their
eighties now and enjoying recognition for their hard work.
Watch for CCC events throughout New Mexico. Try to make
some of the events to appreciate their work and visit the CCC exhibit
in the Visitor Center. Bandelier rangers will be
giving CCC Historic District Tours on May 10, May 17, June 14,
July 12, and August 9.
programs include Dark Night stargazing evenings,
tentatively scheduled for May 30, June 29, July 29, and August 27.
An astronomy club will be in
Bandelier with their telescopes and welcome viewers.
New guided hikes include Tsankawi, Falls Trail, Frey Trail, and
Tyuonyi Overlook hikes. Watch for the Pablita
Velarde reception and the Enchanted by Bandelier art exhibit at
Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos August 8 – September 6.
Call Bandelier at 505 672-3861 to
Each year, the Board of Trustees
funds annual grants to Bandelier National Monument. This year we
favored projects that enabled students to work in the park and worthy
projects that would not be done without our funding. Here is our
grant list for 2003.
for native plant garden, $1,000. The rangers
want to replace the bluegrass lawn in the patio behind
the Visitor Center with flagstone and incorporate a garden of native
plants into the design. A class from
Pojoaque School will do the planting.
The park will use only
material native to Bandelier. Part of the
plan is to reduce the watering
requirements - they will try to incorporate water harvesting
techniques like channeling rain water from the roofs (if we ever get
any rain!!) to water the plants. In addition to
an interpretive garden for native plants, the rangers need
a gathering point for tours, etc. At present,
tours congregate in front of the front doors and block entry by
others. Half of the flagstones have
already been purchased; our funds buy the other half.
Newspaper, $1,500. For the third year, the
rangers asked us to help fund the
Bandelier newspaper. To save on expenses, they
will print in two colors instead of full color.
Watch for coming events listed in the papers; it looks
like an exciting year. To get on the mailing list, write to
Interpretation Division, Bandelier National Monument, HCR 1, STE 15,
Los Alamos NM 87544.
Awareness Pueblo Crafts, $1,500. We haven’t
funded the Pueblo Crafts since 2000, but are happy to resume helping
with this wonderful program. Each weekend a
craftsperson from a nearby pueblo demonstrates in the patio behind
the Visitor Center and can sell a limited amount of the crafts.
The program runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
SCA $2,500. This grant is a sad sign of the
times. Bandelier's protection staff is seriously
depleted because of the need for homeland security. Bandelier
is required to rotate its protection staff to high profile parks like
the Statue of Liberty and Yosemite to guard against terrorists.
This external duty does not leave many protection people
to patrol Bandelier. Our money pays a member of
the Student Conservation Corps to stay in the backcountry
to check camping permits, destroy fire rings, and generally keep an
eye on things. If we don’t
fund the position, there will be no one out there. The
Friends have funded several SCA positions in the past. These
are bright, hard-working college students or recent graduates.
The National Park Service hires many of its new
employees from its SCA pool.
Treasures Photography Project, $3,500. For
several years ranger Angelyn Rivera has worked to
document and restore the cavates in Bandelier and at Tsankawi as part
of the National Park Service Vanishing Treasures Project.
Documentation is a big concern. This
year Angelyn wants to photograph the entire cavate area from near the
entrance road almost to Ceremonial Cave, a distance of
approximately three miles. The only
previous work is a set of site drawings by Kenneth Chapman from the
1910s. The plan is to take photos from the south
rim of Frijoles Canyon.
ran out of money here. (In fact, the photography project actually
costs $4,500. We hope
Angelyn can find the extra $1,000 from other Vanishing Treasures
funds.) We couldn’t fund $2,000 to revamp the entrance to Tsankawi
or buy replacement signs for its backcountry. Superintendent
Steve Bone feels that the appearance of the
Tsankawi entrance and many of the backcountry signs is not
appropriate for a national park. We
hope that the rangers can find other funds to
make this high priority project happen. Also, we didn't have $1,500
for the butterfly project that we supported in the past. We hope
entomologist Paula Kleintjes can still come. Butterflies are the
ecological equivalent of canaries in the coal mine. If they don’t
do well, other living things will soon suffer.