Santa Fe National Forest Turns 100 Today

Jemez Mountain Trail takes hikers past geological formations, ancient Indian ruins and a pueblo. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest was established April 6, 1915, when the Jemez Forest Reserve west of Santa Fe and the Pecos Forest Reserve to the east were merged into one entity.  

Over the next 100 years, the Forest has provided robust recreational, social, cultural, ecological and economic benefits to both residents and visitors to Northern New Mexico’s high desert mountains.

The Santa Fe National Forest will celebrate its rich history over the next 12 months with a series of centennial events, many of which are still in the planning stage. This is where the SFNF needs the public’s help. 

Suggest ways SFNF should celebrate the Forest’s big birthday by:

The Heritage staff also is interested in collecting, sharing and preserving the public’s stories about the SFNF. Whether a camper, hunter, rancher or hiker – however anyone prefers to use their national forest lands – they have a story to tell. Forest Service employee and retirees are a part of the Forest’s history and asked share their memories through the email address, Feedback Form or Twitter feed listed above.

The Santa Fe National Forest’s 100th birthday bash is an opportunity to celebrate the past and define the future. This input will give the public a voice in the conversation.

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