Current Events

Our meetings are normally held at 7:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month from April to October (meetings are not held November through March) at the Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras, featuring an informative presentation on subjects pertinent to our mission.

However,  due to Covid-19 we will begin 2021 with on-line meetings. In-person meetings will be resumed when it is deemed appropriate to do so.

Thank you for your understanding. 
 


 

Next Friends Meeting: June 1, 7PM. The virtual meeting will be on Zoom.

   (See below for links to join the meeting and for a tutorial on how to use Zoom )

Speaker: Mike Madden, FOSM President 

Topic: “The Sandia Collaborative – Preserving the Sandia Mountains for Current and Future Generations”

Brief abstract of presentation: The Sandia Collaborative brings together a diverse group of organizations and state and federal agencies who are working together and leveraging their efforts to promote, protect, preserve, enhance and restore the Sandia Mountains for traditional and contemporary multiple use for current and future generations. Currently there are 14 members of the Collaborative, and 10 non-member stakeholders who participate in our monthly meetings.

Bio: Mike is currently management chair of the Sandia Collaborative, president of FOSM, chair of San Pedro Overlook HOA Design Review Committee, and co-founder of East Mountain Regional Trails Council. He also serves on the boards of NMVFO and Turquoise Trail Regional Alliance. When away from his desk, he walks dogs at Animal Humane, reads pre-Columbian history, and loves to backpack. For 6 months during COVID restrictions, he laid-out and led resident volunteers to build 3.5 miles of HOA Open Space trails in his subdivision.

ZOOM LINK FOR THIS MEETING –

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81371965220?pwd=Ykt4SXoxb3ZSdEpYR3ZVdWNEZEM0Zz09

Meeting ID: 813 7196 5220

Passcode: 594153

Dial-in (Not toll-free) +1 346 248 7799 US

PLEASE JOIN IN A FEW MINUTES BEFORE 7 PM!

LINKS TO PRESENTATIONS (PDF FILES) –

General Slides

Sandia Collaborative

CLICK HERE for a tutorial on using Zoom.

 

 


 

Previous FOSM Monthly Meetings

 


 

Friends Meeting: May 4, 7 PM. The virtual meeting will be on Zoom.

   (See below for links to join the meeting and for a tutorial on how to use Zoom )

Speaker: Crystal Powell, District Ranger for the Sandia Ranger District

Topic: “Looking Back and Moving Forward: A pandemic, drought and continuing our work”

Brief abstract of presentation: How we managed the challenges and successes the District experienced during a year of COVID, how we are moving forward managing through a pandemic, fire season outlook, what we have been working on and what we are planning for the near future.

Bio: Crystal Powell, the District Ranger at Sandia since 2016, has 21 years of service with the USDA Forest Service.  Until the past few years as the District Ranger, her career has focused on her passion of recreation and public information management.  She has worked in 4 of the 9 Forest Service Regions, on 6 National Forests, in 5 states from the east to the west at the District and Forest Supervisor’ Office levels as well as on a National Recreation Area. Until 2015, Crystal also served in a logistical role to a Type 1 National Incident Management Team, which is an all-hazard team essential in management of, and response to local/regional/national emergencies, natural disasters and public events.  Originally from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Area — and a Steelers and Penguins fan!!!  — she graduated with a degree in Parks and Recreation Management from Slippery Rock University – yes it is a real school!  Her children are four-legged and fuzzy rescues, my dogs Bella, 16; Dolly 10; Corben, 6; Opal, 4 months. Warning – she can talk dogs for hours!

ZOOM LINK FOR THIS MEETING –

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87178620514?pwd=eEtsdFFEQVMzb0doNWxYdkpiOVNYQT09

Meeting ID: 871 7862 0514

Passcode: 905872

Dial-in (Not toll-free) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

PLEASE JOIN IN A FEW MINUTES BEFORE 7 PM!

LINKS TO PRESENTATIONS (PDF FILES) –

General Slides

Crystal’s Presentation

 

 


 

Friends Meeting: April 6, 7 PM. The virtual meeting will be on Zoom.

             (See more information and the link to join the meeting, below.)

Speaker: Scott Dietrich

Topic: “Sandia Nordic Ski Club and FOSM: Working Together to Serve Our Community”

Scott is a founding member and the current President of the Sandia Nordic Ski Club, which was formally incorporated as a 501(c)(3) public charity on April 17, 2017.  He will provide a general overview of the Club’s mission, as well as an update on membership growth and plans for the future, including a briefing on the status of the Special Use Permit Application filed with USFS on June 5, 2017, which formally requested permission to improve the quality of the groomed trails and add additional segments to the network.  Specifically, the Club has proposed to widen and level the trails where needed, to reroute sections with poor contours and limited visibility, and to add approximately two additional miles to the existing trail network.  

In his 2018 Annual Letter to Club members, Scott stated: “We have several members of Sandia Nordic who are also members of the Friends of the Sandia Mountains, aka FOSM. As the staff at the Sandia Ranger Station like to say, FOSM is awesome, and indeed they are. Ever wonder who cuts the fallen trees off of the hiking and skiing trails? FOSM. Who paints and reroofs the picnic area pavilions and restrooms? FOSM. Who fires up chainsaws to low cut tree stumps that impede our grooming equipment? FOSM. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful group of volunteers help us with our trails.” 

LINKS TO PRESENTATIONS (PDF FILES) –

General presentation – 
Scott’s presentation – 
 

ZOOM LINK –

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85097247241?pwd=Sml4ZVlmMmNHeVpOMDZudmQ3Szhkdz09

Meeting ID: 850 9724 7241

Passcode: 587228

Audio dial in: (346) 248-7799 (Not toll-free)

PLEASE JOIN-IN A FEW MINUTES BEFORE 7 PM!