Membership Meetings

Sandia Ranger Station, Tijeras, NM

General membership meetings normally are held at 7:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month from April to October in the conference room at the Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras. (No meetings are held November through March.) Meetings include brief reports from the FOSM President, Projects Chair, and Treasurer followed by an informative presentation on a subject pertinent to our mission

The FOSM Vice-President is responsible for arranging speakers for these meetings.

Summaries of previous meetings are available via the dropdown menu above or by clicking on a link at the bottom of this page. Due to the COVID pandemic, no meetings were held in 2020, and all meetings in 2021 were held by Zoom. Meetings will continue to be held using Zoom until COVID restrictions are lifted.

We strive for a mix of informative, educational, and entertaining topics each year including talks focused on enhancing our knowledge of like-minded organizations to help accomplish our mission of supporting the Forest Service. The FOSM board of directors was presented with a list of 32 such organizations and each member asked to choose four she or he would like to hear about at future membership meetings. The top six organizations resulting from this weighted-choice poll were:

  • La Madera Volunteer Fire Department
  • NM Volunteers for the Outdoors
  • Forest Service Southwest Coordination Center — Dispatch
  • Bernalillo County Open Space
  • City of Albuquerque Open Space
  • Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council

Using this as a guide, a tentative schedule for 2022 speakers was established:

  • April 5 – Crystal Powell and Julie Padilla, USFS/SRD Update and Recreation Program Priorities
  • May 3 – Ed DiBello, New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors
  • June 7 – Jayne Aubele, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Historical Geology of the Sandia Mountains
  • July 5 – Jerry Carroll, La Madera Volunteer Fire Department
  • August 2 – Elliott Herrera, Forest Service, Southwest Coordination Center – Dispatch (Alternate in case Elliott is dispatched again: Trevor J. Mayschak, International Mountain Medicine Center)
  • September 6 – Jessica Sapunar-Jursich, City of Albuquerque Open Space
  • October 4 – Mike Madden, State of FOSM and annual election results

April 5, 2022 General Membership Meeting

Speakers: Crystal Powell, District Ranger; Julie Padilla, SRD Recreation Staff Officer

Program: “Sandia Ranger District 2022 Outlook”

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May 3, 2022 General Membership Meeting

TITLE OF PROGRAM – “New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors (NMVFO)”

BRIEF ABSTRACT OF PRESENTATION – New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors (NMVFO) is an inclusive all-volunteer, action-oriented, non-political nonprofit organization that promotes involvement and education of the public in the maintenance, improvement, and stewardship of New Mexico’s public lands. NMVFO specializes in constructing and improving trails and other outdoor facilities to increase outdoor recreation opportunities in New Mexico, as well as enhancing wildlife habitat and protecting the environment. The presentation will cover NMVFO’s history, what agencies and organizations we work with, training opportunities, examples of previous projects, and projects planned for 2022. Established in 1982, we are celebrating our 40th Anniversary.

BRIEF BIO – Ed DiBello discovered the Rocky Mountains while attending college in Colorado. Based on that experience; to live, work, and play in the Rocky Mountain west became a career goal. He has been a member and volunteer with New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors since 2007. He served on the Board from 2016 through 2020. He was Vice Chairperson in 2017 and Chairperson from 2018 through 2019. He is also an alumni member of the Sandia Peak Ski Patrol. Ed is a retired engineer and former Air Force pilot. His hobbies include hiking and downhill and cross country skiing. He enjoys working on New Mexico trails as both a worker and project leader.

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June 7, 2022 General Membership Meeting

TITLE OF PROGRAM – “Geology of the Sandia Mountains”

BRIEF ABSTRACT OF PRESENTATION –Albuquerque’s Mountains, the Sandia Mountains, are very special. They are not part of the Rocky Mountains. Geologically, they formed in a completely different way and much more recently than did the Rockies. And they have some very interesting geological stories to tell once we begin to “read the record” in their rocks and their landscape. This presentation will discuss the formation of our mountains, their rocks, fossils, and mineral wealth, and why the view from Albuquerque and the East Mountains is so different.

BRIEF BIO – Jayne Aubele is a geologist and senior educator for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. She has worked as a field geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey mapping the geology in the southwestern U.S. and for NASA remotely exploring the geology of Mars, Venus, and the Moon.

Her extensive publications include scientific papers and geologic maps, curricula/materials for teachers of all grade levels, and chapters in books including Volcanoes of North America, The Geology of Mars, and the Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains. She has taught earth science and space science to K through graduate students, K-12 teachers, and the adult public. She was an invited author for entries on “Comparative Planetology” and “Earth” (McMillan Encyclopedia) and for a publication about “Geoscience in Natural History Museums in the 21st Century.” She was technical advisor and on-air geologist for the PBS program, “The Sandias.”

Prior to coming to the Museum she worked as a research scientist at Brown University, working with both U.S. and Russian planetary missions to Venus, and was a Program Manager for NASA’s Statewide Space Grant Program. She is Past-Chair of the GSA Planetary Geology Division, Past-President of the New Mexico Academy of Science and a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.


July 5, 2022 Membership Meeting

TITLE OF PROGRAM – “La Madera Volunteer Fire Department”

BRIEF ABSTRACT OF PRESENTATION – In 1998, the developer of the San Pedro Creek Estates subdivision donated 5 acres of land to Sandoval County for the La Madera Fire Station. Under the supervision of the County Fire Marshall, several residents of the La Madera area began the process of becoming volunteer firefighters. Today, we are a full-service Fire Department providing nationally certified EMS, Structural and Wildland fire protection for 44 square miles in the far southeast corner of Sandoval County, as well as mutual aid assistance to the neighboring counties of Bernalillo and Santa Fe.

With a relatively low call volume, the district remains a totally volunteer force for a community that is exclusively rural residential, surrounded on three sides by public lands and private ranchlands. This places the district squarely in the Wildland Urban Interface and our training and experience tend to reflect that. After EMS, our primary community threat is wildland fire, so the focus is on preplanning, defensible space, and fuels reduction around the individual residences in the district.

As a volunteer organization drawing upon the community for our manning and support, public relations are a prime concern. In this we are indeed fortunate for the contributions of our Tecolote Auxiliary. Due to their diligent efforts, we are one of the best equipped fire districts in the county.

BRIEF BIO – Jerry Carroll was born and raised in the far north woods of Ashland, Wisconsin. He graduated from Wisconsin State University – Superior in 1973 with a BS in Geology and a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force. After serving 12 years on active duty worldwide and 11 more with the Michigan Air National Guard, Jerry retired from military aviation in 1997 as a Lt Colonel and F-16 pilot. He began a second career in commercial aviation with American Airlines in 1985, retiring a second time in 2011 as a Boeing 737 Captain.

For the last 24 years, Jerry has been involved in his third career as a volunteer firefighter and Captain with the Sandoval County Fire Department. He is an IFSAC certified Structural Firefighter II and a nationally certified Wildland Firefighter/Engine Boss.

Jerry is a member of Holy Child Parish in Tijeras where he participates on the School Consultative Council, the parish Financial Advisory Board, and as a catechist in adult continuing education. Additionally, he actively assists his Homeowners Association by building and maintaining community trails with their Trails and Nature Area Committee.

Links to presentations (PDF files):

August 2, 2022 Membership Meeting

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TITLE OF PROGRAM – “Albuquerque Interagency Dispatch Center

BRIEF ABSTRACT OF PRESENTATION – Albuquerque Interagency Dispatch Center is the primary dispatch center for all wildland fire within the Albuquerque Zone. The dispatch center covers roughly 14.5 million acres which stretches from the Cibola National Grasslands in Oklahoma to the Arizona border. Some of the responsibilities of the center aside from wildfire are: mobilization of resources both locally and nationally for wildfire efforts, monitor weather and daily observations, mobilize and track all fire aviation.

BRIEF BIO – Elliott Herrera has been working in Wildfire since 2013, starting out on Hotshot Crews before moving into dispatch. He has been the Albuquerque Interagency Dispatch Center Manager for 2 seasons. Prior to wildland fire, he was in the Navy for 8 years. His hobbies include fly fishing, painting, drawing and tying flies.

Prior-year meetings: 2021, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016