Non-profit's volunteers restore historic site in Cibola National Forest | KOB 4

Non-profit's volunteers restore historic site in Cibola National Forest

Eddie Garcia
May 17, 2018 06:25 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Doc Long picnic site was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930s. As you can imagine, the original structures have taken quite a beating.


That's where the non-profit, Friends of the Sandia Mountains stepped in. 

Many in the group are retired craftsmen, engineers and scientists. Their latest project: redoing a roof at the picnic site by hand.

"We're using skills that we've accumulated throughout our lives. Most all of us are retirees," said Sam Beard, the organization's project chair.

Beard said the group's members spent thousands of dollars of their own money to get the job done in collaboration with state forestry officials.

"We wanted to make sure it looked very similar to the 1930s look," said Sandra Arazi-Coambs, Sandia District archaeologist.

Arazi-Coambs said she's grateful for the group's attention to detail. Part of the project's importance was preserving the original look.

"We were able to find old blueprints of this facility and what it should look like," Arazi-Coambs said.

Beard said this is only one of the projects the group has worked on – they also help maintain trails, remove dangerous trees and fix up facilities.

So the next time you go out to Doc Long, you can thank Friends of the Sandia Mountains for volunteering their time. They don't get paid for their efforts; the satisfaction is rooted in something deeper.

"Because we enjoy it," Beard said. "Giving something back to the mountain or the wilderness."


Eddie Garcia

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