The Santa Fe National Forest today issued a temporary closure order for the El Cajete pumice mine in the Jemez Ranger District.
The restricted area, a total of 87 acres, runs north along N.M. 4 between the Sierra Los Pinos subdivision and mile post 34.
The closure will allow reclamation efforts on the site, including erosion control and revegetation, to stabilize. The order will stay in effect until Oct. 31, 2017, unless it is rescinded earlier.
All activities are prohibited within the closure area. The closure area is fenced on all four sides, and closure signs will be posted along the fence line. Forest Service personnel will enforce the closure. Violations are a Class B misdemeanor and punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations, imprisonment of not more than six months, or both.
Federal, state and local officers, members of an organized rescue team or firefighting force, and any others authorized by permit are exempt from the closure order.
Copies of the closure order and maps are available at the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) Headquarters, the SFNF website and the Jemez District Office.