Board Meeting and Trail Season Kick Off!

This is a brief reminder that Friends of Monument Preserve (FOMP) will be holding our monthly board meeting this Tuesday April 14, 2009 at 5:30 PM in the main trail head parking lot. This is a change from our winter schedule and it also marks the kick off of our summer volunteer season for 2009!

Our first event is our monthly trail maintenance outlined below. We also have several other opportunities coming up including a potluck dinner for the Hotshot and Helitac crews stationed in the Preserve, tree planting, Boy Scout trail work and others. We also have the upcoming annual Memorial Grove Ceremony. Details may be found on the recently revised calendar page, just click on any event for event details and contact information. The calendar is actively being updated as we come into the busy season for FOMP, so if you don’t see an event listed please check back or get in touch with us at

Our summer trail work schedule for 2009 will kick off begining April 14 and ending in October. We meet at 6:00 PM on the second Tuesday of each month at the main trail head parking lot off of Mt. Herman Rd.

FOMP and USFS provide all necessary tools. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing for performing outdoor landscaping type of work, leather gloves, bring their own personal water supply, sunscreen, and bug repellent. We meet rain or shine unless there is lightning active in the area. In the event that you are joining us late we always leave a note at the trail head parking lot or you can call Chris or Jon (numbers below) to find out where in the preserve we are working that evening.

We make every effort to accommodate volunteer preferences and abilities at each event. Generally we perform activities such as water bar building or renovation, trail renovation, maintenance, and trimming, etc. So, pretty much everything from trimming back scrub oak or digging lots of dirt to moving boulders. We assign duties based on interest and capabilities. Kids are welcome to join their parents; however, we do ask that you evaluate whether this is an appropriate activity for your child or not.

We look forward to seeing you out there!

Chris Tirpak – mobile: 719.439.8865
Jon Nordby – mobile: 719.640.1347

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