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.
The Lincoln National Forest and other forests across the
region are accepting applications for temporary/seasonal summer 2020 positions.
To be considered for a position you must apply online at www.usajob.gov
between Sept 16-25, 2019.
The Lincoln National Forest is planning to allow the
lightning-caused Middle Fire on the Sacramento Ranger District to fulfill its
natural role of reducing forest fuels in hopes of reducing high-severity
wildfire in the future.
A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team has completed an
assessment of post-fire conditions after the Pine Lodge Fire which burned over
15,000 acres in the Capitan Mountains on the Smokey Bear Ranger District of the
Lincoln National Forest earlier this summer. The team included BAER
leads, soil scientists, a hydrologist and an engineer. The BAER program is a
rapid assessment to identify and manage potential threats to safety, property,
water quality, and natural and cultural resources after a wildfire.
The New Mexico Department of
Transportation (NMDOT) in coordination with the Lincoln National Forest Service
will temporarily close U.S. 82 to remove remaining debris from a recent crash
that occurred near the tunnel in Otero County. The removal of the
remaining wreckage, which is in the canyon off Highway 82, is expected to take
place Wednesday, August 14, 2019.