Forest Stewards Guild Partnership

August 10, 2021
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Dear Gulch Community, Another fruitful partnership with a local organization, the Forest Stewards Guild (FSG) used a section of the basecamp forest to train the next generation of forestry professionals. Similar to the partnership with the Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps, they cleared forest land and contributed to the safety of the area by managing the…

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Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps Partnership

July 20, 2021
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Dear Gulch Community, As an organization, we are constantly finding ways to engage the communities around us, and partnering with the Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps just made sense. They run part of their training for new corps members at our basecamp, thinning the overgrowth in the forest and helping prevent forest fires. Ancestral Lands Conservation…

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Cottonwood Gulch Appeal Letter Spring 2021

April 28, 2021
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Dear Gulch Community: When we cancelled our 2020 programs, we were afraid that our beloved Basecamp would be silent. Instead, we connected with two Native-run non-profits, and it became a flurry of (socially distanced) activity. Our staff worked with them to deliver food and firewood to people in need and all the while we made…

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The Humble Map and Compass

February 25, 2021
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Whispering to myself, “Red in the shed and follow Fred,” I’m standing in a narrow strip of woods as a middle school student trying to master the art and science of using a compass. I remember thinking 1. This is impossible and 2. What will I possibly use this for? Turns out that as an…

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Strategic Planning

January 14, 2021
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We want to know what you think! We’re working on a strategic planning process and are looking for input. You may have already completed a survey or had a phone call with us and if so, thank you! If not, we would really appreciate you sharing your thoughts. We have a number of different surveys…

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With No Treks…What Did We Do All Summer?

December 2, 2020
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We invested energy and time helping our local community to build meaningful relationships with neighbors. A few examples: We partnered with the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID Relief group to turn our Mess Hall into a food distribution center. A combination of Gulch staff and community volunteers sorted, packaged, and delivered enough food to feed…

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The Big Mess Hall Project

December 2, 2020
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The QM building design harkens back to the historic Mess Hall look while providing space for logistics, winter lodging, and storage. It’s been a long time coming, and because of that, we are so happy to announce the completion of our recent building project! The building and expansion on the Mess Hall that was envisioned…

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Bachechi in the Time of COVID

November 19, 2020
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A double rainbow over the Bachechi Open Space Environmental Education Building reminds us all that COVID pass. In the meantime, we can celebrate our own resilience, adaptability, and the luck we have in enjoying natural spaces close to home.  Bachechi in the Time of COVID Since we’ve entered into the Era of COVID- our work…

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Report From the Field: YCC Fall 2020

November 17, 2020
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Fall 2020 Youth Conservation Corps Pajarito Mountain, NM 10/8/20 – I was called to the field to replace staffer Donna for a few days with the YCC crew.  I headed up to Española, hopped on the bus, and drove right up the mountain.  The crew onboard assured me they were into rocks and music –…

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Youth Conservation Corps Fall 2020

November 9, 2020
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In 1933, just seven years after Hillis Howie took to the road with his first Trek, the Civilian Conservation Corps was started in an effort to put young people back to work after the Great Depression. With a lack of jobs, and a need to stimulate the economy, the program put young men to work…

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Alumni Profiles: Garret Meyer

November 4, 2020
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In Garret’s era, trekkers convened in St. Louis and began the expedition by driving to the Southwest. He was immediately impressed that everyone adhered to Mr. Howie’s goal that everyone should help everyone else – it was an adventure in communal living and being considerate of others. When his group first arrived in Thoreau, they…

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Alumni Profiles: Mia JespersenChavez

November 4, 2020
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Mia Jespersen-Chavez was introduced to the Gulch through day trips with her elementary school before trekking on the Outfit in 2014 and the Wild Country Trek in 2016. Now a senior in high school, she volunteers at the Bachechi Center in Albuquerque’s North Valley where she develops curriculums for young kids that will give them…

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