Sacramento Ranger District to Open Slash Pit for Private Landowners

CLOUDCROFT, NM – April 26, 2013 – The Sacramento Ranger District will open the Forest Service slash pit near Cloudcroft, NM, to accommodate private landowners who need to dispose of slash. The slash pit, located one mile northeast of the Village of Cloudcroft, near the junction of NM Highways 244 and 82, is scheduled to be open on the following Saturdays: April 27th, May 4th, 11th, and 25th, and June 8th.  Plans to keep the pit open through the summer are contingent upon certain conditions, including:  acceptable weather conditions, fuel load levels, the availability of District employees for staffing, and Forest Service related logging and thinning project activities in the vicinity of the slash pit that may temporarily impede access to site.

“The slash pit is now available to Cloudcroft residents who are engaged in ‘Firewise’ http://www.firewise.org/projects that include removal of vegetation, such as trees, branches, shrubs, weeds, and grass, from private properties. Please remember that disposal of household trash and construction debris is not permitted,” said Caleb Finch, Assistant Fire Management Officer at the Sacramento Ranger District.

Once the slash pit is full, it will be closed to the public until the material can be removed. Coordination with Otero County will allow for the vegetative debris to be chipped and hauled to designated sites within the county. Dates and hours of operation will be posted at the Sacramento Ranger District office and at the entrance to the pit.

For more information stop by the Sacramento Ranger District Office; 4 Lost Lodge Road, Cloudcroft, or call (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.  Visit our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/LincolnUSForest.