Sacramento Ranger District to Open Slash Pit for Private Landowners

Cloudcroft, N.M. (May 23, 2012) The Sacramento Ranger District will open the Forest Service slash pit near Cloudcroft on June 2 and 9, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to accommodate private landowners disposing of slash. Thereafter, the slash pit will be open on scheduled Saturdays continuing through summer and fall, conditions permitting. Sacramento Ranger District employees will voluntarily staff the slash pit for access by local landowners, as scheduled.

The primary use for the Forest Service slash pit is to dispose of debris from thinning and logging projects on National Forest lands. When possible, the slash pit is opened to assist local residents with removal of vegetation from private property by providing a convenient location to dispose of materials such as trees, branches, shrubs, weeds, grass, etc. Trash and construction materials are not permitted.

Constraints that may cause the slash pit schedule to change or necessitate unexpected closure of the pit include weather conditions, logging and/or thinning projects on Forest lands that take priority, fuel load levels at the pit, and the availability of District employees for staffing on open days.

Once the slash pit is full – which may occur quickly – the pit will be closed to the public until the fuels can be burned. To ensure public safety, once the debris in the pit is burned it will need to be completely extinguished before the public can be admitted. Materials that are not fully extinguished can ignite new fuels when will generic nexium be available that are added to the pit and pose a hazardous situation for individuals unloading slash. As always, firefighter and public safety are the top priority.


Contractors, individuals disposing of vegetative materials for commercial purposes, and those needing to dispose of large amounts of slash cannot be accommodated to ensure that local property owners have the maximum opportunity to dispose of vegetative materials from their land.

The Forest Service slash pit is neither designed nor intended to meet long-term public demand for treatments on private land. Public need for disposal of slash, trash and other items is outside the scope and mission of the Forest Service as a Federal land management agency.

The Otero County Solid Waste Department, La Luz Convenience Station (33 Gravel Pit Road, La Luz) accepts slash, trash, tires, and other items, and also provides recycling services. You may contact the La Luz Convenience Station at (575) 434-1538 for further information.

Updates on the slash pit schedule to include unexpected schedule changes or closures will be available at the Sacramento Ranger District office, and may also be posted at the entrance to the pit. You may stop by the Sacramento Ranger District Office at 4 Lost Lodge Road, Cloudcroft, or call us at (575) 682-2551, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Also, please visit our website at and follow us on Twitter at