The USDA Forest Service
Southwestern Region will be accepting applications for the Collaborative Forest
Restoration Program (CFRP) in 2020 to carry out forest restoration projects on
public lands in New Mexico pending federal appropriations.
By working together, small
business owners, conservation and environmental organizations, community
groups, tribes, colleges, universities and other organizations can qualify for
CFRP grants for forest restoration projects that reduce the threat of wildfire,
improve watershed conditions, and provide jobs and training to local
Fire officials on the Sacramento Ranger District inCloudcroft,
NM, plan to prescribed burn in the Walker and Burnt Canyon areas near Mayhill,
NM. The project will begin in November and carry into February.
Exact ignition dates are dependent on weather and fuel moisture
conditions. Fire managers will monitor conditions closely to ensure they fall
within acceptable ranges. Optimal conditions will result in good ventilation
and smoke dispersal, as well as help achieve the desired effects on the ground
during and after the burn.
National Forest will begin selling Christmas Tree permits on Thursday, November
14 for $10.00 each. A limited number of permits will be sold on a first-come,
first-serve basis. You may purchase one permit per household, and up to four
permits for four separate households. The last day to
purchase a permit is December 24.
Court-ordered injunction suspending all timber management activities on the
five national forests in New Mexico and the Tonto National Forest in Arizona
has been modified to allow the personal cutting and collection of
fuelwood. The Forest Service will resume permit sales immediately.
Under a recent court-ordered injunction, the five national forests in New Mexico and the Tonto National Forest in Arizona have suspended
all permit sales for collecting fuelwood.
In addition to fuelwood permits, the six national forests have also suspended all timber management activities, including stewardship contracts, timber sales, thinning and prescribed burns, in order to comply
with the ruling.
National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day
volunteer effort for American’s public lands. Each year thousands of volunteers
from across the country come together on the fourth Saturday in September to
restore and enhance public parks, forests, waterways and more. Volunteers of
all ages and abilities roll up their sleeves and work side-by-side to care for
public lands. This year, the theme is “Connecting to Nature through Service,”
with an aim to help volunteers and participants connect to the great outdoors
through service-related activities.