Opportunity to Comment on the South Sacramento Restoration Project

Alamogordo, NM—3/19/2019—The Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District is pleased to release the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for The South Sacramento Restoration Project for public comment. The comment period will run from March 16, 2019 to April 29, 2019.

The purpose of the South Sacramento Restoration Project is to restore overall forest health, watershed health, wildlife habitat and increase forest resiliency to disturbances in the 140,000-acre project area.

Project implementation is expected to take 10 to 20 years to meet initial project objectives with additional maintenance treatments over the long term. Restoration activities would occur in all ecosystems in the area, including mixed-conifer, ponderosa pine, pinyon-juniper and aspen habitat types.

The proposed action was designed to provide a wide range of treatment options and would be aligned with old growth development large tree retention objectives, which are ecosystem components that are generally lacking in the planning area.

Restoration activities would focus on thinning and prescribed burning treatments. Other proposed treatments include the use of herbicides to treat juniper and oak resprouts; watershed restoration in uplands; water developments for wildlife and livestock; and road management. Special use authorizations and rock pits are proposed where such uses would facilitate project implementation (such as sorting yards, chipping, and gathering rock for site rehabilitation) and support local industries.

The proposed action includes a project-specific amendment to the Lincoln National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) that would authorize the use of forest restoration strategies in places and under conditions that were not foreseen when the current Forest Plan standards and guidelines were established in 1986.

The DEIS project proposal was designed in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, and with the participation of a local collaborative group representing the interests of local residents, conservation groups, other state and federal agencies, elected officials and their representatives and other

stakeholders.

The full DEIS is available for review on the project website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51146. Hard copies and CDs of the DEIS are also available upon request at the Lincoln National Forest Supervisor’s Office or at the Sacramento Ranger District Office.

Comments can be submitted in the following ways.

  • Mail:

Travis Moseley, Forest Supervisor

c/o Peggy Luensmann

Lincoln National Forest Supervisor’s Office

3463 Las Palomas

Alamogordo, NM 88310

  • Hand-delivered: Comments may be delivered to the mailing address above between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.
  • Fax: (575) 434-7218

Additional information regarding this project can be obtained from Peggy Luensmann, Forest Environmental Coordinator, at 575-434-7200 or peggy.luensmann@usda.gov.

Thank you for your interest in the Lincoln National Forest.