Forest Service Teams Work To Increase Prescribed Burns To Protect Water Sources, Wildlife & Reduce Risk

FOREST SERVICE News:
 
SANTA FE The USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund and the Forest Stewards Guild are working together to increase the use of prescribed fire to protect water sources, wildlife, and forests while reducing wildfire risk.
 
The All Hands All Lands Burn Team (Burn Team) is unique in that it is designed to stand-up a fully qualified team to lead prescribed burns or support others in burning across a variety of land jurisdictions.
 
The practice of prescribe fire promotes ecological health in frequent fire forests, reduces hazardous fuels thereby protecting nearby communities, and reduces the intensity and size of future wildfires.
 
As the lead coordinator, the Forest Stewards Guild will mobilize the Burn Team for prescribed burns this fall, winter, and in the spring of 2019. Burns are being planned in the Rio Grande Water Fund project area, a unique collaborative with more than 70 signatories. Learn more at riograndewaterfund.org.
 
Weather permitting, ignitions will begin in late September when the Burn Team is planning to support USDA Forest Service burns. To find out more and stay up to date, visit https://facnm.org/our-projects/all-hands-all-lands-burn-team. More information on smoke, human health, and a HEPA Filter Loan Program can be accessed here,http://www.santafefireshed.org/hepa-filter-loan-program.
 
“This Burn Team is a culmination of work and partnerships that began over ten years ago to improve forest health, protect nearby communities from wildfire, and to protect watersheds.” notes Forest Stewards Guild Southwest Director Eytan Krasilovsky. “We have excellent collaborative restoration partners that are once again coming together to learn and burn together.”
 
Landowners interested in learning more about Fire Adapted Communities can visit www.facnm.org. Media and landowners interested in observing a burn are encouraged to contact Eytan Krasilovsky as soon as possible to coordinate.
 
Stay up-to-date on these efforts by visiting https://facnm.org/our-projects/all-hands-all-lands-burn-team. For more information call/text 505.470.0185.
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