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Roll up your sleeves for Earth Day in Questa

New irrigation system needed for landscaping at municipal park

By Tempo staff
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 4/22/19

On Monday (April 22), celebrate Earth Day in Questa with a volunteer work day to install a new irrigation system for trees and landscaping ...

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Roll up your sleeves for Earth Day in Questa

New irrigation system needed for landscaping at municipal park

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On Monday (April 22), celebrate Earth Day in Questa with a volunteer work day to install a new irrigation system for trees and landscaping at the Questa Municipal Park, Library and Youth Center. Come lend a hand with the irrigation system and help to clean up, beautify and restore landscaping and cultural elements in honor of Earth Day. The volunteer day will take place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Refreshments and lunch will be provided for volunteers.

No one is too young (or too old!) to volunteer and lend a hand. There will be lots of kid-friendly jobs. Enjoy special creative youth activities sponsored by the Questa Library from 1-3 p.m.

The effort to engage youth volunteers at the Questa Earth Day event is being led by the Vida del Norte Coalition. Galvanized by a drug-related tragedy in 2014, the coalition has been working on its mission ever since: “to reduce and prevent substance abuse among Northern Taos County youth.”

“Vida del Norte is creating youth leaders to become supports in the community and grow into positive, engaged citizens through community work and volunteering,” says Maria Gonzales, VIDA coalition coordinator, about their involvement in the upcoming, local volunteer day and beyond.

The focus of the volunteer day is installing a new irrigation system. It will provide a much-needed, deep, consistent water source for the trees that were planted on Earth Day in 2017 as well as existing and future landscaping around the library and youth enter.

“We are so grateful to Los Jardineros Garden Club of Taos for their financial support of this project and to everyone coming together to make this happen. We hope that installing this water infrastructure will encourage and support the planting of more trees and development of additional landscaping at the library and youth center as well,” says Claire Coté, the director of LEAP (Land, Experience and Art of Place).

The first Earth Day was celebrated 49 years ago on April 22, 1970. This holiday was created by U.S. Senator, Gaylord Nelson, of Wisconsin, to mark the importance of keeping our planet healthy and clean, and for people to renew their commitment to make positive changes in their community. Since that first Earth Day, more than 500 million people in over 180 countries have participated in Earth Day activities. The year 2019 marks the fifth year for community members in Questa to continue this tradition in Northern New Mexico.

This Earth Day event in Questa is coordinated by LEAP, a program of the local nonprofit Localogy. This year’s partners include the Village of Questa, Friends of the Questa Library, Vida del Norte Coalition, North Central N.M. Food Pantry, Forest Service and others; contact has also been made for possible participation from Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and Bureau of Land Management.

The effort to install the irrigation system is generously sponsored by a grant from Los Jardineros Garden Club of Taos with additional support Questa Chevron Mine Grants for Good. Special thanks also to Ben Wright, of the Taos Tree Board and Taos Land Trust and architect and UNM professor Mark Goldman for their generous guidance, time and expertise. Individual donations and local business sponsorships are also supporting the volunteer Earth Day activities.

For more information, call (575) 224-9066 or email forleap@gmail.com. More information can also be found at leapsite.org.

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