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  • Friends of Bandelier February 2008 News
    Lily Fehler The park will put Lily s logo on magnets to go on everything vehicles signs solar panels garbage cans etc I tried to find Lily s logo on the Bandelier website but couldn t It will probably appear soon We try to warn the rangers not to be too aggressive on education People come to Bandelier for a nice quiet vacation not a lecture series Our second Challenge Grant funded focus group meetings with underserved constituents Bandelier s contractor has finished meeting with Native Americans from San Ildefonso Cochiti and Zuni pueblos Zuni Pueblo is 175 air miles away but the Zuni people rather fiercely maintain their ties to the area A written report is not finished but Chief of Interpretation Lynne Dominy feels the meetings have great potential for improving participants visits to the park It seems many Pueblo people have felt that other visitors regard them as part of the exhibits whenever they visit Bandelier The second part of the focus group grant Hispanic communities is still in progress We asked what requests we might expect for next year s Friends grants Lynne said they expected more matching opportunities so want us to be nimble in providing matching funds Looking back on past projects Brad says that they are currently ahead of schedule with the piñon juniper restoration and expect to finish it in less than five years The Friends funded experiments 10 years ago Workers cut down trees and spread the branches for mulch I called it slash and trash the land looks like it had been caught in the crossfire of a vicious war But the treatment does work wonders wildflowers and grasses sprout on the eroded soil The rangers treated a large area along the Lower Alamo Trail south of Frijoles canyon about

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  • LOOKING BACK
    park Chief of Interpretation Lynne Dominy and I went to the Centennial Inaugural Ceremony in Washington DC Several congressmen from both parties spoke they were very proud of getting the funding at all Each one commented that the American public wants Congress to do something bipartisan and positive and national parks always fits that category Congress has now passed a bill guaranteeing 30 million not 100 million in matching funds until 2016 Considering the state of the economy that is actually rather a generous bill Bandelier still has the cliff hanger request before Congress for 3 75 million for remodeling the Visitor Center to update their interpretive exhibits The request is in the President s budget as 17 of 17 in NPS line item construction requests for fiscal year 2009 which starts in October Last year the park purchased crafts for new exhibits some of which we funded Even without a remodeled Visitor Center very badly needed the craft items are a valuable edition to Bandelier s collections documenting Pueblo crafts at this point in time As part of refurbishing the rangers already installed new exhibit panels in front of the Visitor Center and on the back portal In 1994 the Friends provided matching funds for a pilot study called piñon juniper restoration which was actually in its second year at the time Subsequently Bandelier received funding to do a larger scale watershed study In 2007 after many years of research on erosion the rangers issued the Environmental Impact Statement to apply the restoration techniques throughout the park s piñon juniper woodland At last in 2008 work has begun This last winter Chief of Resource Management John Mack treated the easy parts along the entrance road and State Road 4 and has now moved into the backcountry I call the

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  • May 2009 Newsletter
    an involved gateway community What a wonderful place for a career and for my family Lott holds a master s degree in history from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches LA with an emphasis in cultural resource management Lott his wife Wendy also a graduate of Northwestern State and their two children plan to make their home in Los Alamos In light of the revolving door of superintendents since the Cerro Grande fire of 2000 everyone hopes that Jason will stay a while Someone pointed out that he has two young children Los Alamos has a good school system maybe he will stay while they are in school here New Grants for 2009 the Board of the Friends once again agreed to support the cultural demonstration program Pueblo dancers 1 200 on the three summer holidays Memorial Day Fourth of July and Labor Day and also four Pueblo bread baking sessions 600 These are always great fun and a mad scramble for bread as it comes out of Bandelier s horno We hope some of you will be able to enjoy these events As in the past we will fund the summer printing of Bandelier s newspaper the Tuff Times 1200 The paper goes automatically to all households in Los Alamos We mail the paper to all out of town members except those who specifically decline The paper also will be available on Bandelier s website where the photos look a whole lot better We get a number of nice comments about the Tuff Times but I must emphasize that the Bandelier Rangers especially Sally King produce the paper Chief of Interpretation Lynne Dominy also requests that we fund printing the first run of Bandelier s Stewardship booklets 1200 For 1000 or so Boy Scouts coming to the park in June

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  • May 2009 Newsletter
    items for the new exhibits The bookstore will have its own room as will the theater with a new video I think they will even upgrade the bathrooms Chief of Interpretation Lynne Dominy bought a camcorder to install inside the VC so viewers can watch on the web how the renovation is progressing Lynne and our web guru intern Colin McArthur have problems with Bandelier s National Park Service NPS website so they asked if we could host the camcorder on the Friends website I really want it to be available but our website may not have enough bandwidth so it is a work in progress After the VC renovation is finished Lynne wants to move the camcorder around the park so people can watch the deer come to browse in the evening and the vultures return in the spring etc from the comfort of their cell phones I find technology a never ending wonder Ranger Sally King recorded some local bird songs She would like to have them on the NPS website but Colin said he didn t have time He could do it in minutes on a regular website I ll see if our webmaster Laurie McGavran can put them on our website Oh the hurdles bureaucracies can create Firefighters took some aerial videos of Bandelier s recent San Miguel wildfire Colin was able to get them on the NPS web site http www nps gov band parkmgmt san miguel fire video htm They are five short little pieces from a helicopter the only audio sound is the rotary blades But you can see how rugged the fire area is Current conditions rain has extinguished the good fire It cleaned out a lot of backcountry deadfall without harming any structures Colin is away at school for his sophomore year but returns to Bandelier for holidays and summer vacation Lynne will be on detail as the acting superintendent at Mt Lassen National Park for three months In other news we received generous donations from the Delle Foundation The trustee is an avid hiker and had previously donated funding for materials for opening the Cerro Grande area in the Bandelier highcountry in 2005 Now her new donations are buying supplies to restore the trail severely damaged by floods in 2006 in Frijoles Canyon Crews are working on the project now If you hike in Frijoles Canyon above Alcove House send us some photos of the work and I ll ask our webmaster Laurie to post them on our website Speaking of Cerro Grande when the park opened the area in 2005 it didn t have the resources to put in trails At that time the sanctioned more informal routes that merely mark the way The route up the mountain steep so it is showing signs of erosion and receiving visitor complaints The NPS has since determined that routes are not appropriate however new superintendent Jason Lott and new Chief of Resource Management Barbara Judy are now considering a real trail

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  • LOOKING BACK
    NPS included this remodel on its Capital Improvement Projects list for 2009 but Bandelier benefited from the federal Stimulus program to help keep people employed FOCUS GROUPS In 2006 the NPS instituted a program to match private donations for projects in the parks Our Chief of Interpretation Lynne Dominy garnered two of these hotly competitive Challenge Grants for Bandelier One was for conducting focus groups with underserved minorities in our case affiliated Pueblos and Hispanics This year the contractor University of Arizona Flagstaff Social research Laboratory issued its reports Both groups want increased special access and resource extraction Bandelier is working with the groups especially with the Pueblos to see what can be arranged but are limited by federal laws The Focus Challenge Grant became more of a challenge than we expected Pueblo leaders were easy to identify because the tribes are tightly structured socially For local Hispanics UofA staff had more problems identifying leaders who represented large portions of the populations they were forced to ask for an additional 11 000 in fees New Mexico State Parks was interested in the results and agreed to pay 10K However Lynne needed the money before the contract expired and asked us to lend the entire amount We have not been reimbursed and with the financial shortfall facing the state it seems unlikely that we will be These funds were proceeds from sale of Pendleton blankets rather than your donations In the end Bandelier leaders were quite satisfied with the opportunity to interact with these underserved groups LYNNE DOMINY When Lynne arrived as the new Chief of Interpretation in late 2000 she expected to stay at Bandelier for five years Fate kept intervening with ever more interesting challenges but now it is time for her to move on Lynne and Brian a

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  • Jason Lott State of the Park 2009
    for the mesa top housing area will all be repaved as well Liza s team with assistance from the Saguaro Trail Crew and the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps were also successful in making improvements with our backcounty trails with another push planned for this year A new program for us this upcoming summer will be the Bandelier Conservation Corps This program will be managed by our Interpretive Division with Kevin Stillman our previous Backcountry Ranger as Crew Chief and Lucas Swina our previous Pueblo Youth Intern as Assistant Crew Chief This crew will consist of two high school youth from Los Alamos two youth from Espanola and two youth from Pojoaque The intent of the program is to be experience based with goals to introduce youth to the federal land management teach stewardship and back country ethics and to get some much needed work completed for the Monument This summer the team will spend three days a week working on trails and the remaining two days working in smaller groups with the various divisions doing special projects In addition they will spend a couple of nights in the Wilderness as well as spending a week at Rocky Mountain National Park working with the American Conservation Corps Although we have funding this year and possibly next we are interested in making this a permanent program for Bandelier and may need assistance from the Friend s Group in finding sponsorship for this program s long term success Another program that Bandelier has embraced is the Building a Better Future Program which is an internship program designed to encourage college students to get into careers in the National Park Service This year we ll sponsor four interns working with Glenn Simpson and the Historic Preservation Program During 2009 the Interpretive Division implemented a new Junior Ranger Program with new age specific activities and four levels of free patches available for kids funded by the National Park Foundation and the Centennial Initiative Adults can participate in the Deputy Ranger program and earn a free patch You can look at these new materials on the monument website at www nps gov band Len Scheel and Chris Judson have also established a Bandelier Steward Program for youth groups including boy and girl scouts which allows them to earn a special patch We ve also hired a group of local college students to assist us in our efforts of networking to the public using social media Under the direction of Sally King and Colin McArthur this team has developed Bandelier sites on Facebook and Twitter and will be enhancing our own official park website with new innovative and interactive features So be sure to log in on Facebook or Twitter to track our progress Our Resources Program under the management of Barbara Judy has been fully engaged and very busy This year we re planning to complete an additional phase of our ecological restoration project assist the state with planning for the reintroduction of Bighorn Sheep into

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  • May 2010 Newsletter
    cost at 2 200 per month or 6 600 for the three month field season This will allow the student to gain on the ground field experience in inventory techniques artifact analysis field mapping and GIS database analysis Having an additional member will also enable the crew to cover more acreage The archaeological surface survey of Bandelier began in 1987 Bandelier s archaeologist Rory Gauthier expects to complete the survey within three years Eventual coverage will include only about 85 percent of the monument Rory says his data indicate that the original inhabitants didn t utilize the sheerest cliffs of Bandelier s canyons much Wildlife Program Support 2500 The wildlife program needs field assessments of eighteen 18 game exclosures that were installed eight years ago They are designed to measure differences in the composition of vegetation inside and outside the structures due to browsing by elk and deer The exclosures consist of 8 foot chain link fencing with a barbed wire cap Many have suffered damage over the years from falling trees weather and other impacts The assessor will determine the damage at each location so the rangers can plan the repairs Staff needs to resume vegetation monitoring to produce data relevant to the park s pending General Management Plan The Wildlife Program is in the process of seeking funding to continue vegetation monitoring at the exclosures Liability Insurance for Crew Chief 250 This summer the park will establish the Bandelier Conservation Corps a new program that the rangers hope to make permanent The corps will perform trail and maintenance work in the park Personnel will consist of an NPS crew chief assistant crew chief and six high school students from local communities all of whom will be NPS employees This program consists of high school students participating in overnight trips into the Bandelier Wilderness and to Rocky Mountain National Park Superintendent Lott wants to provide the crew chief with liability insurance By NPS policy the park can only pay half of the cost with the other half being the responsibility of the policy holder Usually only superintendents and law enforcement officers whose salaries are much higher than that of a crew chief use this insurance Jason requests that the Friends assist with the chief s half of this expense Cerro Grande 10 Year Newspaper Insert 2 152 41 To acknowledge the tenth anniversary of the devastating Cerro Grande Fire that swept through Los Alamos on May 10 2000 Bandelier produced a newspaper insert explaining their current fire management program Since and because of Cerro Grande local fire fighting agencies established a central location with all equipment needed to combat wildfires They now have interagency agreements allowing them to assist each other without the bureaucratic delays that hampered the response to the Cerro Grande Fire For example in 2000 there was no way to pay fire fighters from other agencies to help fight fires The interagency firefighters are justly proud of their handling of the 2009 San Miguel lightning fire

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  • August 2010 Newsletter
    Park Rod served under Lynne for a time so he is familiar with the job Rod s other park service experience includes tours at Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail Point Reyes National Seashore Saint Gaudens National Historic Site Grand Canyon National Park and Mesa Verde National Park Rod also provided technical interpretive assistance for the national park system in Croatia He holds BA and MA degrees from Colorado State University and is a dissertation away from achieving a Ph D in Literature from the University of Colorado We all hope he completes the degree Replacing Lynne does not leave much time for composing a thesis Bandelier Conservation Corps Jason and Rod describe the Corps as an experience program designed to get young people involved in the park This year s six participants from local area high schools concentrated on Bandelier trail work Impressed by their enthusiastic interest in the work Jason and Rod hope to see a permanent corps involving more participation more projects and further development of a strong youthful constituency The Friends previously approved 250 one half the cost toward liability insurance for the Corps crew chief deemed important because the schedule included overnight trips to wilderness and Rocky Mountain National Park areas This summer the crew performed extensive work on the Burnt Mesa Trail which needed it badly Phytoliths Long time Friends may remember Bob Powers principal investigator for the 1987 1992 archaeological surface survey at Bandelier and editor of The Peopling of Bandelier Bob retired from the Park Service and went back to school for a PhD in archaeology His thesis work is a study of farming practices at Bandelier Bob submitted a funding request for phytolith analyses of approximately 45 soil samples from six agricultural sites in the park Phytoliths are microscopic silica

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