US Forest Service – Gila National Forest

Silver City, NM, August 6, 2020For Immediate Release.

Are you tired of being stuck indoors all day and want a chance to get out and do something? Well, here is your chance! Come volunteer some of your free time to help your public lands!!!

Partners of the Southwest New Mexico Collaborative are offering a variety of volunteer opportunities that you can help with. The Southwest New Mexico Collaborative is an emerging initiative to ensure greater and more efficient coordination and alignment among local government, land management agencies and community-based organizations, working towards a shared vision of healthy forests and watersheds, resilient communities, vibrant local economies, and high quality of life for current and future generations in southwest New Mexico.

Partners currently offering volunteer opportunities include the New Mexico State Parks (NMSP), City of Rocks State Park, USDA Forest Service (FS) Gila National Forest, National Park Service (NPS) Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument), and the Grant County area.

Each agency has several projects and volunteer opportunities available to the public with flexible schedules. Some of these can be as often as you like –some are for a few hours a day, while others can range from one day, one week, one month, or longer.

Currently, we have a few projects that need volunteers.  Listed below are the volunteer opportunities available for Summer/Fall 2020:

  • Adopt the Gila River Bird Area on the Silver City Ranger District, Gila National Forest, FS
  • Burros ATV/UTV trail sign maintenance on the Silver City Ranger District, Gila National Forest, FS
  • Campground cleanup at City of Rocks State Park, NMSP
  • Invasive plant removal at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, NPS
  • Landscaping for fire mitigation at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, NPS
  • Light trail work at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, NPS
  • Trail maintenance at City of Rocks State Park, NMSP
  • Trail work and trash pickup (various ranger districts) on the Gila National Forest, FS
  • Trash cleanup at City of Rocks State Park, NMSP

To learn more, please contact Faryl Smith, AmeriCorps Community Volunteer Ambassador at (575) 536-9461 ext. 31.

For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/gila or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.