Public comments sought: South Sacramento Restoration Project

ALAMOGORDO, CLOUDCROFT, NM – April 18, 2017 – The Lincoln National Forest proposes to conduct forest restoration activities on up to 140,000 acres on the Sacramento Ranger District. Restoration activities would occur in all ecosystems in the area, including mixed-conifer, ponderosa pine, pinyon-juniper, riparian areas, meadow, and aspen habitat types. The South Sacramento Restoration Project (SSRP) on the Sacramento Ranger District includes areas that either have not been previously treated, or that were previously treated but require additional treatments to support forest restoration and other habitat management goals.

The landscape within the SSRP planning area has been greatly altered from historic conditions. Overall forest health in the area has declined due to insects, disease, and other factors leading to high tree mortality and increased risk for high-severity wildland fire across the landscape. Wildlife habitat and watershed conditions have also declined as a result.

The Lincoln National Forest proposes to conduct forest restoration activities by utilizing hand and mechanical thinning and prescribed fire treatments in order to achieve forest and wildlife habitat restoration objectives.

The next public meeting will be held at the Lodge Resort Pavilion, 601 Corona Place, Cloudcroft, NM 88317 on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 6 pm to 9 pm.  Forest Service representatives will present an overview of the project proposal, answer questions and discuss the analysis process.

Additional details are also available on the project website:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51146&exp=overview

The project website link (above) also contains information related to public comments, which we will be seeking from anyone that may be interested in or affected by this proposed project. In addition, we are seeking input on the proposed forest plan amendment and its substantive provisions. The designated 30-day scoping period for this project proposal officially began on April 8, 2017.  Specific written comments received for this proposal should be submitted by May 8, 2017.

For more information about the project or how to comment, or to request a hard copy of the stakeholder letter, please contact Peggy Luensmann at 575-434-7200.