Supporting Sandia Ranger District Since 1997

If you are a hiker, mountain biker, cross-country skier, trail runner, or 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

  • Plan to join us for our first membership meeting of 2023. (See below.)
  • Relive the 19th Sandia Snowshoe Classic — a huge success.
  • Check out our many volunteer opportunities including our new Youth Outreach initiative.
  • Become the leader of our paint crew.
  • Check out our awards and other recognition.
  • Read about our history, strategic plan, and board of directors.

Membership Meeting – April 4, 2023, 7 PM

We’re back in the Sandia Ranger Station Conference Room after 42 months!

April is almost here and with it our first general membership meeting of 2023. We have an exciting group of programs and speakers lined up for the year.

We are looking forward to resuming in-person meetings in the Sandia Ranger District (SRD) conference room—our first since October 2019. Our first guest speakers, District Ranger Crystal Powell and Acting Deputy District Ranger Julie Padilla will bring us up to date on happenings in SRD during the past year and SRD’s plan of work and priorities for the coming year. You won’t want to miss what Crystal and Julie have to tell us.

  • Crystal Powell, the District Ranger at Sandia since 2016, has 23 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. Warning – she can talk dogs for hours!
  • Julie Padilla is a life-time resident of Albuquerque and began her career with the Forest Service in the Southwestern Regional Office in 2017 working in the Office of Communications and Engagement. She moved to the Cibola Supervisors office to support Public Affairs and Recreation Management prior to coming to the Sandia Ranger District as the Recreation Manager. Julie earned a degree in Conservation Biology from the University of New Mexico and is passionate about connecting people to the land, developing partnerships and encouraging a new generation of land stewards. Outside of work Julie enjoys spending time with her kids, traveling and spending time in nature.

Some have asked during our two years of Zoom meetings whether it would be possible to continue to use Zoom for those who find it difficult or impossible to attend in-person meetings. Those who have tried such hybrid meetings say they are very difficult to accomplish. Wifi unavailability will make ours particularly so. Nevertheless, we will try doing so using an iPhone with one whole bar of service as the transmitting source. Although a preliminary test with a half dozen viewers was encouraging, we are aware that many if not most experiments fail. Communications essentially will be oneway (live streaming), and the maximum number of viewers could end up being quite small because of bandwidth limitations. Therefore, viewers’ video will be turned off and microphones will be muted. Chat will be used for questions/comments from viewers. Zoom particulars are:

More specifics will be provided before the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you in person on April 4.

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!

Daniel Janes – March 30, 2023*

Keith Deterling – March 18, 2023

James Houle – February 7, 2023

Walt Beyeler – February 6, 2023

Tim Covert – February 4, 2023

Bob Guarnieri – January 31, 2023

Stephanie Dakan-Trevino – January 27, 2023

Tracy Dallas – January 23, 2023

Ken Wilson – January 22, 2023

John Braly – January 16, 2023

Patricia Garcia – January 16, 2023

Karl & Wendy Gustafson – January 15, 2023*

Ray Iturralde – January 13, 2023

Shannon Braune – January 13, 2023

Alexandra Gover – January 13, 2023

Karen and Don Winget – January 11, 2023*

Jackie Hertel – January 10, 2023

Leslie Nipps – January 9, 2023

Bryan Struve – January 9, 2023

Nancy Gloman – January 8, 2023

Mary Hooper – January 6, 2023

Bill Perkins – December 31, 2022

Karen Greif – December 12, 2022

Melissa Hatch – October 27, 2022

Scott Sunde – October 11, 2022

Tayo Basquiat – October 2, 2022

*Life sponsor