Weminuche Audubon Society, along with Southwest Conservation Corps and Navajo State Park, has received a $28,500 “TogetherGreen” Innovation Grant to preserve habitat along the Piedra River within Navajo State Park.
“TogetherGreen” Innovation Grants are the result of an alliance between Toyota and National Audubon Society. The grants provide seed money for projects that use innovative approaches and technologies to engage new and diverse audiences in conservation action. Awardees and their partner organizations strive to inspire, equip, and engage people to tackle environmental concerns and improve the health of their communities. Weminuche Audubon, based in Pagosa Springs, is one of three Audubon groups within Colorado to receive funding for 2011.
With the “TogetherGreen” Innovation Grant, Weminuche Audubon and its partners will work with community members to create one of the first segments of a multi-use trail along the Piedra River arm of Navajo Lake. Upon trail completion, hikers, bicyclists and equestrians will be able to make their way through Navajo State Park from the Watchable Wildlife Viewing Area at Highway 151, just south of the Piedra River bridge, to the eventual trail terminus at Arboles Point Campground. By channeling human access through this riparian area, habitat for plants and wildlife will be protected and opportunities for wildlife viewing will be provided.
Weminuche Audubon invites groups and individuals within Archuleta and La Plata counties to join the Piedra Trail team and help make the goals of this project a reality.
During the first three weeks of June, a Southwest Conservation Corps youth crew will construct 3/4 mile of trail. Community volunteers can assist them on June 4 and 18 beginning at 8:30 each morning. Help is needed to install nesting structures for osprey, red-tailed hawks, kestrels and flickers. Workers can assist in installing six interpretive signs along the trail. Others can help with litter removal and general trail clean-up. Lunch and an informative program will be provided each day.
If you or your organization would like to participate, please contact Weminuche Audubon Society by calling 883-3066 or 731-5759, or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.