Forest Service Offers Site Visit of South Sacramento Restoration Project

Alamogordo, NM (August 3, 2018) – The Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest is offering the public a site visit of the South Sacramento Restoration Project on Thursday, August 23, 2018. The tour will begin at the Sacramento Ranger District Office, 4 Lost Lodge Road, Cloudcroft, New Mexico, at 8 a.m. and will last for approximately 5 hours.

The site visit will be a driving tour that incorporates three stops within the project area where we will discuss the different elements of the project and resource concerns. The tour participants should anticipate short hikes at each site and dress appropriately for seasonal weather conditions. Shuttle vans will be provided; however, participants must bring their own food and water for the day.

The Forest Service has initiated a collaborative process to develop a landscape-scale restoration project on approximately 140,000 acres on the Sacramento Ranger District. The goals of the project are to restore forest and watershed health, improve wildlife habitat, and reduce stand-replacing wildfire risks in the project area. In developing the project proposal, the Forest Service solicited public input during public meetings held during March, April, and September of 2017. Based on input gathered during those meetings and from written comments received, we have developed a preliminary project proposal that we believe will address the forest health, watershed, wildlife, and wildfire concerns in the project area.

The purpose of this site visit is to discuss the project and give the public an opportunity to share in the discussion and to pose questions to Forest Service resource specialists. Your participation and feedback during the scheduled site visit will help us to further refine project elements that would help us address forest health, watershed, wildlife habitat, wildfire, and other concerns in the project area.

For additional information about the Project, please contact Aurora Roemmich at aurorarroemmich@fs.fed.us or (575) 434-7200, or view the project website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51146