FOREST SERVICE News:
SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest will be hosting several free field trips for the public to learn about restoration efforts planned for the Southwest Jemez Mountains.
Oct. 11 and 12, three field trips will be scheduled each day. Choose from a full day or a half day trip. The group will travel to various locations in the forest and hear from the specialists who are engaged in managing this intricate and complex landscape.
Each day, there will be one all day trip and two half day trips. Participants can choose from the following: all day trip from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., half day trip 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or half day trip 1-4:30 p.m. All are welcome but reservations are required. Spaces are limited and it is first come, first served. Following your confirmed reservation, you will receive detailed instructions on meeting time and location. Some transportation will be available, otherwise your gassed up high clearance vehicle will be needed.
The Southwest Jemez Mountains Restoration project aims to restore a 110,000 acre landscape in the Southwest Jemez Mountains by making it less susceptible to the effects of large, severe wildfires, insects and disease outbreaks, and climate change.
The proposal would restore meadows and streams, reestablish campsites moving them away from water sources, thin overcrowded forests and remove fuels so we can reintroduce low intensity prescribed fire into the landscape. This fall, a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) outlining plans and alternative plans for the project will be available for public comment. Public comments will be taken into consideration for the final EIS.