Española and Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger Districts
Santa Fe National Forest
in collaboration with
The Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition
are preparing the
Santa Fe Mountains Landscape Resiliency (SFMLR)
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The scoping document is now available on the project webpage.
The Santa Fe National Forest (Forest) is soliciting public input on a proposed forest restoration project in the mountains near Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Mountains Landscape Resiliency (SFMLR) project is designed to restore forest and watershed health and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire on approximately 50,000 acres of the Forest.
The Forest has scheduled two public meetings during the scoping period for Forest Service staff to provide an overview of the SFMLR project, including the development of the proposal, forest composition and structure, fire and fuels, watersheds, wildlife habitat, cultural resources and inventoried roadless areas.
Public meetings will be held on:
Monday, June 24, 2019, from 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm at the SFNF Supervisor’s Office, 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM
Saturday, June 29, 2019, from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm at Hondo Fire Station 2, 645 Old Las Vegas Highway, Santa Fe, NM.
Comments received by July 10, 2019 will help determine the scope of the SFMLR project's analysis, as well as help the Forest identify key issues to be considered during environmental analysis. After considering comments, the Forest will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) to disclose the environmental impacts of the project. The public will also have an opportunity to review and comment on this preliminary (draft) EA. If the analysis indicates that environmental impacts would be significant, the Forest would prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
Historically, low-to moderate-intensity wildfires burned through the ponderosa pine/dry mixed conifer forests of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains every seven to 15 years. The SFMLR project would use prescribed fire and mechanical and hand thinning to restore frequent-fire forests to their historic natural condition and improve their resilience to major disturbances like wildfire, insects and disease, and climate change. The project also proposes riparian restoration and road improvements and decommissioning to improve watershed health. This work could begin as early as fall 2020. Initial treatments would occur over 10 to 15 years.
Written comments can be submitted by mail, email or in person. Additional information on the project and instructions on submitting comments can be found on the project webpage. Follow this link to view this information: