Ron Loehman, Conservation Chair
For many years, Phyllis Martinez was an important part of the New Mexico Trout conservation program. She retired this past July from her job as a ranger in the Jemez District of the Santa Fe National Forest. Many NM Trout members will remember her as the driving force in the Jemez District for our annual Rio Guadalupe cleanup. We also supported her on many other projects, including all the vehicle barriers along the Rio Cebolla/Guadalupe corridor, trail improvements on the East Fork of the Jemez, rehabilitation of informal campsites along the Cebolla, restoration of the Seven Springs picnic area, and maintenance of the road down Peralta Canyon.
Phyllis is a tough, hard worker and she put many of us to shame trying to keep up with her on project work. She told me that retirement will allow her to catch up on her hiking and mountain biking. She deserves a productive and satisfying retirement. We wish her the best. The attached is a copy of the certificate we presented her shortly before she retired. We (NM Trout) also presented her with a gift card from REI.