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    Mesa Ranger District

    Unfortunately the volunteer coordinator is on vacation but I called and left a message today getting info on becoming a MRD volunteer with hopefully an emphasis on the Hawes area. Im not sure if you can really specify the projects/areas you want to work on but Im hoping to focus on Hawes as thats the trail system I ride the most and want to give back a little considering how much fun I've had riding there over the past few years. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes of this and I will post back with any info as I get it.
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    You ever volunteered before?

    Granted, this was National Park Service, but when I did a weekend at Grand Canyon, they gave us the royal treatment. Go to work at 8, break at 1030, work till 12, break at 230, done at 4. Snacks and lunch provided. Snack time was all manner of granola bars, fruit, chips, pretzels, etc. Lunch was mostly the same, but with a few different kinds of breads, lunch meats, cheese, Nutella, guacamole. Really first class stuff. Your tax dollars don't buy Kroger brand. A guy that was there too did an earlier volunteer trip into the Canyon to kill Salt Cedar and he said they literally fed them like kings that weekend.

    One of these days, I need to sign up to volunteer for BLM or something. God knows, they need the help.

    Volunteer.gov also shows some wilderness internships that last a couple of months in some of the forests. That's also really appealing to me.

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    I can partially fund a project,, but only if i get new trail naming rights. (and they need to find a way to make it a tax deductable contribution)
    twisted sister needs an offshoot called winger...

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    Quote Originally Posted by longhairmike View Post
    I can partially fund a project,, but only if i get new trail naming rights. (and they need to find a way to make it a tax deductable contribution)
    twisted sister needs an offshoot called winger...
    Mike,

    You would love it where I work. When they moved into the building they had a contest to come up with the names of all the conference rooms. 80's hairbands won. The main conference room is Aerosmith, and there is Skid Row, Warrent, White Snake, Winger etc etc... When ever I walk into a conf room I sing a little of the bands song to myself. "She's only 17 .......
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    I am right there also . Its not hard but have been waiting for a meeting with the district to move forward with some other things and with trail care for east valley trails . Mainly Hawes .Pass mt. and the trails in the goldfields. I will send you a message if we get that off the ground.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eazy_E View Post
    Your tax dollars don't buy Kroger brand. A guy that was there too did an earlier volunteer trip into the Canyon to kill Salt Cedar and he said they literally fed them like kings that weekend.

    One of these days, I need to sign up to volunteer for BLM or something. God knows, they need the help.

    FYI, the brand name food items provided by the park were most likely not purchased from "tax dollars." If you make $40,000 / year or less, the park service couldn't buy a spare tube from the amount of your tax contribution that they received (roughly $5 dollars). The bulk of park service revenue comes from entrance gate fees.

    A Typical American's Income Tax Contribution Towards National Parks Is Little More Than The Cost of A Latte | National Parks Traveler

    Entrance Fees Generate Hundreds of Millions of Dollars A Year for National Park Service | National Parks Traveler

    If you volunteer with the BLM, best pack a lunch and bring your own water...
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    Quote Originally Posted by singletracmind View Post

    http://http://www.nationalparkstrave...cost-latte7254

    http://http://www.nationalparkstrave...rk-service5360

    If you volunteer with the BLM, best pack a lunch and bring your own water...
    eww gross,, you double http'd,,

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    Oh my Gawd -- I am so embarrassed!

    LHM, Thanks for being such a gentleman and pointing out my rookie mistake.

    The links have been repaired to a much more user-friendly single http format.

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    I would be interested in joining in on Hawes trail work. That is the trail system I ride and enjoy the most! Are there any plans to cut new trails out there?

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    there has been enough wildcat building on the west side to last sometime ..However there maybe stuff for the east side out towards the end of wildhorse in the future .. the NEPA was done back in 2009 I believe for the extension of the hawes trail system. I was out there in 2007 or 08 can't remember when the local IMBA reps were out doing some scouting of areas to expand into while providing a liaison between us and the FS regarding NRA . Unfortunately those areas were right in the middle of nra which brought us to another issue back then ...But now I think they can see how both nra can survive and they also can get in those extra loops between the pit and the next major canyon to the south across from bulldog canyon entrance.

    Right now there is also this which I hope we can tap into for the cause.

    Funding Available to Improve Forest Health or Infrastructure Maintenance
    http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/...TELPRDB5382356
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    I just moved to Mesa from Houston about 3 months ago, and the mountain biking bug has already bit me pretty heavy. I'm more than eager to help out with trail work and meet some locals to ride with. Feel free to send me a message.

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