"Many people, including some who could not attend, commented on the attractiveness of the public service dimension. It was an impressive pile of trash we carried out of there. And while doing it, it provided us a hike through some really marvelous canyon scenery, where the native cutthroat trout have been reintroduced. Sunday was another hike, to the Jemez Falls and hot springs. RPCVs rose to the food challenge, and everything tasted twice as good out in the woods."
Forest Ranger Kristin Sanderson, one of the participants, is the Education Coordinator for the Respect the Rio program, a part of a larger national program aimed at educating people about the ecology of rivers in the national forests. Besides hosting groups, she also talks to school classes. RPCV teachers are encouraged to contact her about a program in their schools. (Ph. 575 829-3535, in Jemez Springs).
Ms. Sanderson wrote to group:
"Dear RPCVs and Friends of PC,
On behalf of the Santa Fe National Forest, the Jemez Ranger District, and the Respect the Rio program, I would like to thank you for sharing your time and energy to help make our forest a cleaner, more beautiful, and more enjoyable place to visit. Your work along the East Fork of the Jemez River is very much appreciated and will hopefully encourage visitors to take pride in and responsibility for their public lands. It was such a joy meeting and working with each and every one of you, and I look forward to future projects and outings both here in the Santa Fe National Forest and in your neighborhoods.