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So you want to build a trail in rugged terrain where there is fragile vegetation and lots of rocks? You want the trail to be sustainable (require minimum maintenance, but last a long, long time) and you want it to be ecologically sensitive (preserve as much of the vegetation as possible, cause minimal disturbance, and maintain natural water flow)?
Who are you going to call?
None other but the Natural Areas Volunteer Trail Constructors Team!
These folks, working under the supervision of professional trail builders at Friedrich Wilderness Park, assist in a myriad of tasks including trimming vegetation, smoothing surfaces, removing rocks and roots, outsloping the downhill side, dispersing spoils piles, and defining trail edges. The Team works in all kinds of weather, hikes long distances while carrying tools and equipment, and still all their work is of the highest quality. Thanks to them, the park will soon add about 5 more miles of pedestrian trails.
Natural Areas Volunteer Trail Constructors Team members: (L-R) Alan Davis, John Marrs, John Wolcott, Michael Gentry, Stan Drezek take a break. Other Team members not pictured include Ralph Domas, Mike Countryman, and Kaye Cosby.
For more volunteer opportunities, please contact Gabriela Tello at (210) 207-2899 or email to Gabriela.Tello@sanantonio.gov
"Paul Gothami has volunteered at the San Antonio Central Library for a little over 2 years in the Jobs and Small Business Center and Connect area. Paul volunteers at the library every Saturday, assisting patrons with technology questions, explaining library computer procedures, and welcoming new computer users... He is always ready to work and always attentive to the customer needs. His extensive computer skills and his positive attitude are welcomed by staff and library visitors. The library is very grateful for his time and dedication to the team… Thank you Paul!"
The Recreation Center Volunteer Club successfully launched Saturday September 13th with a park clean up at Martinez Park. This program is a product of collaboration and several months of planning between the Recreation and Volunteer Services Divisions. The Recreation Volunteer Club enables volunteer groups from Parks and Recreation Community Centers to be engaged in their community through stewardship service during the school year. Volunteers learn about the benefits of volunteerism and there is a strong focus on community and teamwork at each service event.
The first centers participating are Yates, San Juan, Palm Heights and Ward. Volunteers from San Juan Community Center have dedicated themselves to cleaning up litter in the neighborhood around their center and the volunteers from Palm Heights have also been active, planting trees at John James Park and painting over graffiti at Normoyle Park. Volunteers are eligible for incentives such as shirts, goody bags and certificates as they accumulate hours. Award ceremonies are planned before the winter break and end of school.
Veronica Bou Onk is the Marketing team’s fabulous intern. She is a great writer and quick too! She has helped us write press releases and media advisories as well as research. She also is eager to help with anything else we need such as coordinating outreach materials and clipping media articles. Veronica has been working with the Marketing team for about a year. She is here every Friday She loves libraries and loves to read. She is a student of St. Mary’s University, and her internship is also part of a mentorship program for her studies. Thank you, Veronica, for dedicating your time to our team.
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