Open Space Specialist forges new trails

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By Jennifer Garcia

Craig Martin is a man of many trades. He’s a writer, a teacher, a husband, a father, an avid hiker and the go-to guy for trail maintenance in Los Alamos County.

Martin always knew he had a love for the outdoors. His interest became apparent to him when he was growing up in Philadelphia and was a Boy Scout.

“I thought it was neat. I’d never been out in the woods before,” he said.

His intentions were to become a park ranger when he grew up, but instead became an environmental educator and began teaching middle school science in Tucson, Ariz., where he taught for two years.

He said he and his wife moved to Los Alamos when she got her doctorate and took a job here. Martin said that as a science teacher, he taught his students, and himself, how to be environmental stewards and gave them a way to think about the scientific process.

“Trail work is a scientific experiment,” he said. “I did experiments all the time.”

After moving to New Mexico, Martin began writing about fly-fishing on a freelance basis. During this time, he also edited his first fly-fishing guidebook for the state of New Mexico.

“I invented the book project. Writing was a way to entertain others besides my kids,” Martin said.

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