Tularosa Residents and interested parties have been meeting since June in a newly founded group, “Tulie Trails Planning Committee.” This idea started with a visit from the VIVA Communities Initiative of UNM’s Prevention Research Center.
Recently, Tulie Trails has drafted goals which are currently under review for formalization. The goals focus on both short-term and long-term ideas, as well as long-range and in-town connectivity.
In addition to monthly planning meetings, we are participating/ growing through the following steps:
- October 4th – Field Trip around Fiddlers’ Green Trail, a private property but open invitation 1.1 mile loop walk on a gravel path, just south of Tularosa Village off of Rattlesnake Road (photo attached)
- NMSU-A’s STEM Program Operations Director is currently working on an update of the Otero County Prescription Trails Guides and will be presenting to the Tularosa Rotary club on October 25th.
- October 29th – Halloween on Granado Street, Tulie Trails is participating to help get community buy-in for trails; and to invite families out to a community walk on
- November 22nd – Community Walk: one mile between two parks. We are spreading the word through school and through Head Start program.
- Representatives from our local Council of Governments/ Regional Planning Organization, NMDOT, the Bureau of Land Management have all participated and show interest in partnering with Tulie Trails’ efforts.
- A diverse range of sectors and interests are represented: Presbyterian Medical Services Tularosa Clinic, Otero Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) committee, Otero Cooperative Extension, USFS – Lincoln National Forest, NMSUA, NM Rails to Trails Association, Tularosa Schools, local merchants, Tularosa Arts and History Council, Tularosa residents, a Registered Dietician Nutritionist, UNM- Prevention Research Center, SERPO, BLM, County Commissioner, NMDOH, and NMDOT.