Prescribed Fire Innovation: All Hands All Lands Burn Team Completes Work In Taos Ski Valley, Carson National Forest

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund and the Forest Stewards Guild have worked together for more than a month using prescribed fire across more than 2,900 acres to protect water sources, wildlife, and forests while reducing wildfire risk.

These forests are adapted to fire and need low-intensity burns to remain healthy. The All Hands All Lands Burn Team (Burn Team) is a fully qualified team designed to lead prescribed burns or support others in burning across a variety of land jurisdictions. This is an innovative step forward to create resilient forests and communities in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.

Burns are being planned and implemented in the Rio Grande Water Fund project area, a unique collaborative generating sustainable funding to restore 600,000 acres of forest in northern New Mexico. To date the Burn Team has been comprised of fire managers from the Pueblo of Tesuque, Santa Clara Pueblo, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Taos Ski Valley, Village of Angel Fire, Taos County, City of Santa Fe, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Philmont Scout Ranch, Kirtland Air Force Base Wildfire Module, the Forest Stewards Guild, and others. Burns were successfully completed at Taos Ski Valley and the Carson National Forest.

The Burn Team is currently supporting broadcast and pile burning on public lands managed by the Taos Office of the Bureau of Land Management and pile burning with the National Park Service on the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The Burn Team is also planning a burn with Santa Clara Pueblo later this fall.

Media, elected officials, and landowners interested in observing a burn are encouraged to contact Eytan Krasilovsky as soon as possible to coordinate.

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The Burn Team is supported by an agreement between The Nature Conservancy and USDA Forest Service. The Forest Stewards Guild is an equal opportunity provider.