ALAMOGORDO, RUIDOSO, CLOUDCROFT, and CARLSBAD, NM – January 12, 2018 – Minimal amounts of precipitation and snowpack across the forest over the past few months have contributed to the Lincoln National Forest’s current unseasonably dry fuel conditions.  Fire officials monitor conditions year-round and based on the current conditions, fire danger rating signs across the Forest will display an adjective of MODERATE beginning Tuesday, January 16, 2018.  Read the remainder of this entry »


CLOUDCROFT and ALAMOGORDO, NM – January 4, 2018 – The Sacramento Ranger District is currently closing several recreation sites for the winter season. At this time, all fee campgrounds, Lower Karr Picnic Area and the Trestle Depot Recreation parking area are closed until April 2018. Karr Canyon Road will be closed from the Courtney Mine Trailhead to the Sunspot Highway. Read the remainder of this entry »


Forest Service Visitor Map Price to Increase January 1st

Posted December 18, 2017 By High Country Posts

Alamogordo, Cloudcroft, Ruidoso, Carlsbad, NM – December 18, 2017 All USDA Forest Service visitor maps will increase in price from $10 to $14 effective Monday, January 1, 2018. 

Rising costs of production, printing, and distribution have driven the need for the price increase of the paper and plastic-coated visitor maps, the first such increase in almost a decade.  The agency continually updates its maps, seeking to enhance them as well.  The Forest Service also expects to shorten the revision cycle as its cartographers continue applying new digital technology to the map revision process.  Read the remainder of this entry »


Christmas Tree Permits – Sales Begin November 13th

Posted November 12, 2017 By High Country Posts

ALAMOGORDO, RUIDOSO, CLOUDCROFT, CARLSBAD, NM – November 9, 2017The Lincoln National Forest will begin selling Christmas Tree permits on Monday, November 13th for $10.00 each – only one per household.  A limited number of permits will be available to be sold on a first-come first-served basis.  An individual may purchase up to four permits for (four) separate households.  The last day to purchase a permit is December 22nd while offices are open and permits are available. Read the remainder of this entry »


ALAMOGORDO, NM – NOVEMBER 3, 2017 – The Forest Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture, will be accepting applications for temporary spring and summer jobs in Arizona and New Mexico from November 1-9, 2017.
More information on temporary employment in the Forest Service’s Southwestern Region can be found at Centralized Temporary Hiring Outreach, including a link to the 2018 Outreach Notice with job listings for the Southwestern Region. Read the remainder of this entry »


Hazard Tree Mitigation/Removal along Sunspot Highway

Posted October 14, 2017 By High Country Posts

  • The Lincoln National Forest’s Sacramento Ranger District in partnership with NM Dept. of Transportation will be conducting a hazard tree mitigation project from Oct. 6th – 31st along the SUNSPOT HIGHWAY (NM State Hwy 6563), between Cloudcroft and Sunspot.
  • This project will allow for the removal of dead and dying trees which pose a threat to public safety.
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