Prescribed Burning to Continue on the Lincoln National Forest

Posted June 10, 2015 By High Country Posts

LNFAlamogordo, Ruidoso, Cloudcroft, Carlsbad, NM – June 10, 2015 – Fire conditions on the Lincoln National Forest have improved due to frequent intervals of precipitation over the past two to three months.  “As a result of the high elevation ‘green up,’ on our two mountain districts, Smokey Bear and Sacramento, are now at a LOW fire danger rating.  Guadalupe District lies southeast of the Smokey Bear and Sacramento Districts, at a lower elevation within a Chihuahuan desert setting,” said Ryan Whiteaker, Fire Management Officer for the Lincoln National Forest. “With higher temperatures and drier fuel moistures, the fire danger rating on the Guadalupe District remains at MODERATE,” he added.  Read the remainder of this entry »

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npsAlamogordo, NM – Starting on October 1, 2015, White Sands National Monument will increase entrance fees for visitors in order to fund important maintenance, visitor services, and interpretation projects within the monument. Read the remainder of this entry »

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Capitan Man Kills Charging Bear

Posted June 10, 2015 By High Country Posts

New Mexico Dept. of Game and FishLINCOLN – A 25-year-old Capitan man shot and killed a charging bear while looking for shed antlers in the Lincoln National Forest.

The man was not injured by the bear. He reported Thursday evening that he was searching for antlers in the forest between Carrizozo and Capitan when he encountered the bear as he came over the top of a hill. He told officers that the bear charged and he shot it with his .30-30 caliber rifle from about 10 yards away. Read the remainder of this entry »

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Temporary Closure Order – Two Goats Project Area

Posted June 3, 2015 By High Country Posts

LNFALAMOGORDO, CLOUDCROFT, HIGH ROLLS, NM – June 3, 2015 – A temporary closure order is in place for the Two Goats project area on the Sacramento Ranger District (Order No. 08-274).  The order became effective on May 29, 2015, and shall remain in effect until July 1, 2015, unless rescinded sooner.

The affected area includes Courtney Mine Trail (TR 132), Lower Karr Canyon Road (FR 63), Karr Canyon Campground, and areas east of Westside Road (FR 90) from High Rolls south to Alamo Canyon. Read the remainder of this entry »

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Bear Sought in Attack on Shed Hunter

Posted June 3, 2015 By High Country Posts

New Mexico Dept. of Game and FishLINCOLN – Department of Game and Fish officers are searching for an adult black bear involved in the attack of a 55-year-old man in the Lincoln National Forest on Monday afternoon.

The Lincoln County man suffered deep flesh wounds from scratches on his chest and a bite to his leg. He was treated and released from Lincoln County Medical Center in Ruidoso. Read the remainder of this entry »

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SPECIAL CLOSURE ORDER for RESOURCE PROTECTION

Posted May 6, 2015 By High Country Posts

Wills Canyon Mauldin Spring Riparian Area (15.3 acres) on Sacramento Ranger District

ALAMOGORDO, NM – May 6, 2015 – A special closure order affecting 15.3 acres on the Sacramento Ranger District (Order No. 08-273) is in place, effective April 30, 2015 and shall remain in effect until November 30, 2015, unless rescinded sooner, for the Mauldin Spring in Wills Canyon riparian area within the Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District. The specified area encompasses occupied habitat for the New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse (NMMJM), which has been listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This order is necessary to prevent and/or reduce risk to the endangered species’ occupied habitat. Protection of the habitat is required in accordance with the Endangered Species Act. Read the remainder of this entry »