Forest Service To Cut Hazardous Trees Along Highway 82

Alamogordo, NM (April 29, 2011) – The felling of hazardous trees along U.S. Highway 82 on the east side of Cloudcroft, NM, will begin on Monday, May 2 through May 12, 2011, to reduce the potential threat of trees falling on to roadways due to strong winds in southeastern New Mexico.
The Sacramento Ranger District has evaluated the right of way and has resources in place to remove hazard trees. The District received public input and has responded with a plan to mitigate the potential public safety hazard with forest specialist’s cutting down the identified trees before there are impacts to travel along Highway 82.
Forest specialists will be monitoring the weather conditions daily and will conduct cutting only on days with light wind speeds to provide for safety. With Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in effect on the Lincoln National Forest, mitigation measures will be in place at all times during the operation. A fire engine will be in place and manned to reduce fire risks in the area. The engine will remain in place after the work day ends and firefighters will monitor the area to ensure no fire starts occur.
The Forest Service is working with the New Mexico Department of Transportation and other partners to reduce the impacts to school busses or other traffic and travelers along Highway 82.
For more information on this project, please call the Sacramento Ranger District Office at (575) 682-2551, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


  1. Comment by Simon Leatherwood:

    Just another part of the “no tree left behind” policy of the forest service. After all if they cut down all the trees you won’t have forest fires and they can’t fall on anyone. Grassland for everyone!

  2. Comment by Bob McCullough:

    There are lots of dead trees just east of Cloudcroft on Hwy 82 that should have been cut down several years ago because they are so unsightly. They died because of the Forest Service’s neglect during the looper infestation at that time. I thought the Forest service had budget to do that. Let’s hope the trees they are cutting down aren’t healthy trees that are alive.