Sacramento Ranger District Opens Slash Pit for ONE DAY in September

LNFCloudcroft, NM – August 29, 2013 – The Sacramento Ranger District will provide access to the slash pit, located one mile northeast of Cloudcroft,  on September 7, 2013, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, before closing for the remainder of the fall and winter seasons.

The primary purpose of 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 made available to local property owners for disposal of woody and vegetative materials, such as trees, branches, shrubs, weeds, and grass. Trash and construction materials are not permitted.

The pit is neither designed, nor intended to meet long-term public demands for treatments on private land. The Otero County Solid Waste Department, La Luz Convenience Station (33 Gravel Pit Road, La Luz) will accept slash, trash, and tires, and they also provide recycling services.

The Sacramento Ranger District and Otero County are working together to pursue options to open the slash pit on a more regular basis, in 2014.  If additional dates are identified for accessing and using the slash pit before the end of this year, those dates will be published in a subsequent news release.

For more information, call or visit the Sacramento Ranger District at 4 Lost Lodge Road, Cloudcroft, (575) 682-2551, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Saturday, August 31st from 9:00 am – 2:30 pm. To learn more about the Lincoln National Forest, visit