Forest Service to Host Community Meeting in Weed, NM

CLOUDCROFT, NM – October 18, 2012 – Fire officials from the Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest will be hosting a community meeting in Weed, NM, on Monday, October 29th, at 6:00 pm at the Weed Community Center, located at 16 Weed Road. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information about the upcoming Akers Prescribed Fire project that is scheduled for ignition operations around November 5th. The project is a coordinated effort that is partially funded through the NM Dept. of Game and Fish Habitat Stamp Program. Other resource managers from the Ranger District and agency partners will also be available to answer questions about the project; they include representatives from NM State Forestry, NM Dept. of Game and Fish; Otero County Emergency Coordinator and the Otero County Manager; and District Staff who will report on fuels, range, timber and wildlife management activities.

“We will be providing information about the Akers Prescribed Fire and upcoming projects that will be ready for implementation in the near future, and we’ll give an overview of several projects that are in the planning stages,” said Caleb Finch, Assistant Fire Management Officer on the Sacramento Ranger District. “This will be a good opportunity to let people take a look at a large project planning map and get a sense of projects that are or will be underway,” Finch added.

For more information about the community meeting, please contact the Sacramento District Office at 575-682-2551. You can also find us at www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/LincolnUSForest