The Española and Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger Districts of the Santa Fe National Forest are developing a proposed action for the Santa Fe Mountains Landscape Resiliency Project.
The project area consists of approximately 50,000 acres of National Forest System lands located east of the City of Santa Fe. Other nearby communities include Chupadero, Tesuque Village, La Cueva, Cañada de los Alamos, Tesuque Pueblo, Glorieta, Pojoaque Pueblo, and Nambe Pueblo.
The project area is part of a priority landscape referred to as the ‘Greater Santa Fe Fireshed’ or ‘Fireshed’. The Fireshed is a 107,000-acre landscape located along the Santa Fe Mountains in the southern Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. Across several fire protection jurisdictions, local forest, and fire and water managers agree that after more than a century of fire exclusion, the Fireshed is at risk of large, high-severity wildfire, post-fire flooding and debris flow.
An open house-style public meeting to share information about the Santa Fe Mountains Landscape Resiliency Project will be held at the Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM, on Thursday, December 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 pm. Attendees are welcome to "come and go" at their leisure during the open house.
Forest personnel want to engage with individuals and organizations in the early stages of the planning process for the project. Input is needed from a variety of perspectives to help USDA Forest Service staff refine a proposal that considers the interests of the stakeholders who use and value the landscape. USDA Forest Service staff will be available to discuss the existing conditions of resources in the project area and the types of activities that may be proposed to address resource concerns.
Contact Hannah Bergemann, Fireshed Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (505) 438-5448 for more information. You may also visit the Forest projects page at https://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/santafe/landmanagement/projects.