Public Comment Sought on Rendija Canyon Restoration Project

Map of Rendija Canyon. Source:

SFNF News:

SANTA FE—Citizens are invited to comment on a project designed to repair damage to the upper Rendija Canyon, located near the Ponderosa subdivision of Los Alamos.

The County implemented emergency flood control measures following the heavy rains in September 2013, with emergency operations extending onto the Santa Fe National Forest.

Subsequently, Los Alamos County and the Espanola Ranger District developed a proposal for restoration. The proposal would remove excess sediment from the channel, return the channel to an appropriate grade, and plant willows or other vegetation to stabilize the channel.  

“As much as possible, we want to restore the channel to the way it was before the flooding and flood control work,” said Sandy Hurlocker, Espanola District Ranger. “Before we make final plans, we want to give people an opportunity to share their comments or concerns.”

Commenting during this period will also establish eligibility to appeal the decision. The project’s notice was published in the Albuquerque Journal today, which begins a 30-day notice and comment period as required by Forest Service regulations.

The proposed action will be available at, or 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Española Ranger District office, 1710 North Riverside Dr. in Española.

Comments may be submitted electronically in any format readable by Microsoft Word to

Comments also may be delivered to the Espanola District Office during business hours. Oral comments may be provided during business hours by calling Lynn Bjorklund at 505.753.7331.

Written comments may be mailed to:

Santa Fe National Forest Service
Española Ranger District
Attn: Lynn Bjorklund
P.O. Box 3307
Espanola, N.M. 87532