Sacramento District Review – August 2013

In this Month’s Issue:
Forest Partnerships
Evening Lecture Series
Kids Corner


The Sacramento District Review is a monthly newsletter prepared by the Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest.


Forest Partnerships

-Tony McWilliams

Fuels thinning project in Weed, NM in partnership with the State of New Mexico

Fuels thinning project in Weed, NM in partnership with the State of New Mexico

The Lincoln National Forest has partnered with the County of Otero to treat hazardous fuels in the wildland urban interface on the Sacramento Ranger District.  This partnership serves to mutually benefit the citizens of Otero County and the U.S. Forest Service by protecting communities from wildfire through thinning and removal of flammable material in the immediate vicinity of private property.

The first project being implemented through this partnership is the High Rolls Defense Zone Buffer (HRDZ) which is located on the south side of the community of High Rolls (from Westside Road to Karr Canyon Road).  This 150 foot wide buffer encompasses 234 acres which is designed to provide a buffer between the adjacent private property and the forested areas which will serve to mitigate fire behavior if a wildfire were to occur in this area.

Mitigating fire behavior does not mean stopping fire, but rather means changing the characteristics of the vegetation so that fire behavior will be reduced to a more manageable level.  This will increase firefighter and public safety and will increase the probability of success for fire fighters to safely suppress a wildland fire, if it were to occur in the area.

Additionally, this treatment serves to improve the overall health of the ecosystem in this area and improves habitat for wildlife by decreasing overstory vegetation and increasing forage. Additional treatments are planned in the near future in the High Rolls area.

These projects will continue to increase forest health in the area, treat and remove hazardous fuels, improve wildlife habitat, and increase watershed health.

The New Mexico State Forestry Division is also partnering with landowners in the area to implement projects on private property which will further increase the benefit of these treatments.  Partnerships are an integral part of effective management of hazardous fuels in the wildland urban interface areas of the forest.  Through these partnerships between federal, state and local governments and private landowners in the area, efforts and funding can be more effectively used to treat the right acres in the right place at the right time.

Since 2001, the Sacramento Ranger District has treated over 40,000 acres of hazardous fuels.  Many of these acres have been treated using partnerships similar to this.  We anticipate that these partnerships will continue into the future and additional projects will be identified and implemented which will have a positive effect on forest health and hazardous fuels mitigation.  The benefit to these projects will continue to improve public safety, wildlife habitat, watershed health, and more.

Our greatest partner is the public.  Many opportunities exist for the public to be involved in helping us with our mission of “Caring for the land and serving the people.”

If you have questions about this or other projects or would like more information about programs that assist the public with hazardous fuels, please contact the Sacramento Ranger District at 4 Lost Lodge Road, P.O. Box 288, Cloudcroft, NM or by phone at 575-682-2551.


Life is a gift to be used every day,
Not to be smothered and hidden away;
It isn’t a thing to be stored in the chest
Where you gather your keepsakes and treasure your best;
It isn’t a joy to be sipped now and then
And promptly put back in a dark place again.


Life is a gift that the humblest may boast of
And one that the humblest may well make the most of.
Get out and live it each hour of the day,
Wear it and use it as much as you may;
Don’t keep it in niches and corners and grooves,
You’ll find that in service its beauty improves.


-Edgar Guest


Evening Lecture Series 

The August 8th lecture, “Bats of the Sacramento Mountains” will be presented 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Sacramento Ranger Station, #4 Lost Lodge Rd. in Cloudcroft.


Upcoming Lectures:

Sept. 12th – Exotic Plant Species-Friend or Foe?


Kids Corner

August 2013 Kid's Corner

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