Supporting Sandia Ranger District Since 1997

If you are a hiker or if you just enjoy being in the Sandias, you know that our mountain is one of nature’s special gifts. Have you ever wondered what you could do to help protect them? Do you want to learn more about the animals and plants you find there? Do you like to meet people who share your concern for the Sandia and Manzanita Mountains?

Welcome! Please explore our website to learn more about the goals and many activities of the Friends of the Sandia Mountains (FOSM). Be sure to visit our Projects page to look for volunteer opportunities that match your interests and abilities.

Notices and Highlights

  • Join us on October 4 for our last membership meeting of the year. (details below.)
  • Check out new sign at Cienega/Sulphur Canyon PAs. (details below.)
  • Check out our many volunteer opportunities.
  • Become the leader of our paint crew.
  • Watch KOB TV video about FOSM.
  • Watch One Albuquerque Volunteer Series video about FOSM.
  • Read about our history, strategic plan, and board of directors.

Join us for Next Membership Meeting October 4, 2022, 7PM (Zoom)

Michael Madden, FOSM President, will lead our final meeting of 2022.


“Election of FOSM Officers and Other Members of Board of Directors and Review of 2022”


Results of the fiscal year (FY) 2023 election will be presented for approval by the membership. 2022 accomplishments will be reviewed followed by a discussion of FY2023. 


As well as FOSM President, Mike is currently management chair of the Sandia Collaborative, 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 Details 

Topic: FOSM Membership Meeting

Time: Oct 4, 2022 07:00 PM Mountain Time


Meeting ID: 870 4806 7856

Passcode: 703250

Dial-in number: 346-248-7799

FOSM Procures and Installs new Sign at Entrance to Cienega and Sulphur Canyon PAs

Don Carnicom and Dan Benton after installing new sign

Ever set out for Cienega Picnic Area and wonder which way to go after turning off Sandia Crest Road? The sign formerly at the intersection didn’t help (right). The problem was recognized by FOSM cofounder Don Carnicom several months ago. Working with Julie Padilla of the Sandia Ranger District, Don augmented the support structure then designed and procured a new sign to solve the confusion. Don and Dan Benton installed the new sign on August 31, 2022. Great job, Don and Dan!

FOSM Greets REI Customers

Sim Cook (right) and REI employee Tyler greeting customers at front door of store.

We thank REI for allowing us to set up a table at the front of the store and tell customers about the Sandias and our organization. Sim Cook, Steve Roholt, and Cliff Giles manned the table on Saturday, August 27, and had the opportunity to give literature to several Albuquerque newcomers.

Don Carnicom, Tim Brown, and Mike Madden were there again on Saturday, September 3.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by while shopping at the store.

Volunteer Opportunity – Paint Crew Leader

Thanks, Anne Hickman, for your years of faithful service as leader of the paint crew. Anne has stepped down due to other commitments. Please use the form here if you would be interested in assuming this leadership position.

Welcome, New FOSM Members!

William Kearns – September 2, 2022

Carl and Karen Carlson – August 29, 2022

David Galbraith – August 18, 2022

Rowan Vance – August 8, 2022

Cynthia Bresloff – August 7, 2022

Rick & Kathy Brown – July 22, 2022

Lisa Tannenbaum – July 17, 2022

Margo Bouchard – July 17, 2022

John Mitchiner – July 7, 2022

John Cooper – July 2, 2022

Lisa Bryant – July 1, 2022

Lane Findley – June 27, 2022

Peter Chandler – May 31, 2022

Matt Thompson – May 30, 2022

Joe Beman – May 16, 2022

Ralph Kopp – May 16, 2022

Stuart Crane – May 14, 2022

Rene Archer – May 9, 2022

Barbara McGuire – April 28, 2022

Mike Rahmer – April 21, 2022

Sue Mealy – April 15, 2022

Shawn Boyette & Melissa Clements – April 11, 2022

James Epps – April 8,2022

Roland Stumpf – April 6,2022

Ralph Wrons – April 6,2022

Julie Tertin – April 5,2022

Dan Roberts & Linda Stiles – April 1,2022

Caroline & Dale Blankenship – March 31, 2022

Cynthia Chavers – March 22, 2022

Bruce Julagay – February 28, 2022

Anthony Pachelli – January 31, 2022

Luis Cuadros – January 24, 2022

Norman Stahulak – January 31, 2022

Lynne Uhring – January 19, 2022

Aidan Thompson – January 22, 2022

Michael McDonald – January 19, 2022

Margaret Keller – January 17, 2022

Stuart Kay – January 8, 2022

Ryan Platz – November 29, 2021

Vincent Amendolagine – November 16, 2021

Robert L. Grey – November 16, 2021

Robert Hembach – November 12, 2021

Jon Driskell – November 4, 2021

Diane Reese – November 3, 2021

Virginia Seiser – October 20, 2021

Jennifer Bradley – October 16, 2021

Kevin Wall – October 8, 2021

KOB TV Features FOSM Volunteers

October 14, 2021 – Joy Wang of KOB TV’s morning show presented a short video feature on the volunteer work of Friends of the Sandia Mountains that included comments by Sam Beard, Lou Romero, and Rav Nicholson. Click on the image below to watch the feature, which consists of recordings made on September 1 during a Wednesday fence-repair project at Doc Long Picnic Area. Thanks, Joy!

City of Albuquerque features FOSM on GovTV

August 21, 2021 – “FOSM is awesome.” Those were the words of Julie Padilla, Sandia Ranger District Recreation Staff Officer, during a 15-minute video produced by the City of Albuquerque and shown on One Albuquerque Media (GOV TV) on August 21, 2021. Six members of FOSM joined Julie in describing who FOSM is and what we do. You can view the video on the city’s One Albuquerque Volunteer Series YouTube channel by clicking here.

The city also created a webpage devoted to FOSM on its One Albuquerque Volunteers website.

Bob Lowder Recognized as Albuquerque Volunteer of the Month

March 12, 2021 – Bob Lowder, Past-President of the Friends of the Sandia Mountains (FOSM) was recognized by Mayor Tim Keller as the Albuquerque Volunteer of the Month. The award was in recognition of Bob’s leadership role as FOSM President for 16 years. The link below is the video presentation ceremony for the One Albuquerque Award for a coordinating the Little Libraries and then for Bob Lowder’s presentation (starting approximately 18:40 into the video).

Congratulations and thanks for your dedication, Bob!

(YouTube video link: click here.)

Sam Beard Recognized as Albuquerque Volunteer of the Month

September 4, 2019 – Sam Beard, long-time volunteer and FOSM Project Coordinator for FOSM was the inaugural recipient of the Albuquerque Volunteer of the Month. The award was presented by Mayor Tim Keller. The link below is a video of the presentation ceremony honoring Sam.

Congratulations and thank-you for your years of dedication and service to the Sandia Mountains, Sam!

(YouTube video link: click here.)

FOSM Recognized with National Award

May 31, 2018 – The Friends of the Sandia Mountains have been recognized by the USDA Forest Service with the National Award for Enduring Service. For more than 22 years, they have helped maintain and paint facilities, fell hazard trees, build and maintain trails, serve at the Sandia Crest Information Center, and restore historical buildings.

“So many volunteers contribute endless hours of time and energy to the success of our mission and we appreciate each and every one of them,” said Steve Hattenbach, Forest Supervisor.

(To read the complete news release, click here.)