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We are a citizen coalition united in calling for a comprehensive environmental impact statement be completed prior to any tree cutting and burning on forested public lands above Santa Fe. This environmental review must: first, recognize the lawful right of citizens to be fully informed participants in managing their lands; second, must evaluate a full range of alternatives, including those based on scientific opinion opposed to extensive vegetation clearing; and third disclose and evaluate all cumulative impacts on air quality from prescribed burning, the effects of mechanical treatments on water quality, soils and wildlife including stream sedimentation, soil erosion, displacement of wildlife, habitat modification and the spread of invasive weed species.



Dominick DellaSala will be speaking in Santa Fe on Aug 29 at 7pm at the Center for Progress and Justice, 420 Cerrillos in Santa Fe. All are invited.

Dr. Dominick A. DellaSala is President and Chief Scientist of the Geos Institute in Ashland, Oregon and President of the Society for Conservation Biology, North America Section. He is an internationally renowned author of over 150 technical papers on forest and fire ecology, conservation biology, endangered species management, and landscape ecology.

See the Event Flyer.



AUGUST HIKES IN BLACK CANYON: Sundays, August 18 and 25. Join Sam Hitt on a walk through old growth roadless forests. See a forest cleared and burned in the name of fire prevention. Learn about Forest Wisdom and what you can do to stop forest destruction. Meet at the Black Canyon Campground trailhead parking lot on the Ski Basin road (Highway 475) just before Hyde Memorial State Park. Bring water and rain gear. The two mile hike with moderate uphill climb takes approximately 2 hours. Free. Everyone welcome. All hikes begin at 9:30am

Here is a brief intro video.



The Trump administration is proposing to rollback the public's right to be informed and participate in Forest Service decisions. Since 1970, these basic rights have been guaranteed by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

TAKE ACTION! Deadline for comments is August 12.

First, email Santa Fe Mayor Webber and City Councilors urging them to support OUR RIGHTS. Make your voice heard at the City Council meeting on Wednesday August 31. Details in the attached letter.

Second, use this link (Get Talking, right side) to join thousands nationwide opposing these rollbacks.



Resiliency Project Risky to Communities by Dominick A. DellaSala, July 15, 2019



BLACK CANYON HIKES Sundays, July 14, 21, 28. Hikes begin at 9:30 AM

Join Sam Hitt and see for yourself old growth roadless forests ten minutes from the Plaza. Also, a forest cleared and burned in the name of fire prevention. Learn what you can do to preserve wilderness and stop forest destruction. Meet at the Black Canyon Campground trailhead parking lot on the Ski Basin road (Highway 475) just before Hyde Memorial State Park. Bring water and rain gear. The two mile hike with moderate uphill climb takes approximately 2 hours and begins at 9:30AM. Free. Everyone welcome.

Please see the hike flyer



Judge Parker's decision allowing the Forest Service to clear and burn most trees on nearly 7 square miles of national forests above Santa Fe has been appealed. Here is the press release on the appeal.



URGENT!   July 10 (extended to July 17!) is the deadline for comments on the Santa Fe Mountains Landscape Resiliency Project. They can be mailed, emailed, faxed, hand-delivered, spoken, or submitted. Please see this page for detailed information and a sample comment letter.



SFMLRP Public Meeting Announcement – Make your views known on a massive forest clearing and burning project above Santa Fe.

Come to a public meeting. The first public meeting is this MONDAY 6/24 from 4:30 – 7:00 pm at the Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor's Office, 11 Forest Lane. The second is SATURDAY 6/29, from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm at Hondo Fire Station 2, 645 Old Las Vegas Highway. Show up early.

Click for more information and a sample comment letter

Flyer about the project



The Timber Beast is Back from the Ashes, (June 23, 2019 by Sam Hitt)



BLACK CANYON HIKE Sunday, June 15, 11am

Join Sam Hitt and see for yourself old growth roadless forests ten minutes from the Plaza. Also, a forest cleared and burned in the name of fire prevention. Learn what you can do to preserve wilderness and stop forest destruction. Meet at the Black Canyon Campground trailhead parking lot on the Ski Basin road (Highway 475) just before Hyde Memorial State Park. Bring water and rain gear. The two mile hike with moderate uphill climb takes approximately 2 hours. Free. Everyone welcome.



Assessment of Wildfire Risk FlawedStudy finds The Nature Conservancy wildfire risk assessment failed to consider probability of fire in the Santa Fe headwaters forest

May 10, 2019 Letter to James Melonas requesting a minimum of a 90 day comment period for the Santa Fe Mountains Forest Resiliency Project.



BLACK CANYON HIKE Sunday, June 2, 11am

Join Sam Hitt and see for yourself old growth roadless forests ten minutes from the Plaza. Also, a forest cleared and burned in the name of fire prevention. Learn what you can do to preserve wilderness and stop forest destruction. Meet at the Black Canyon Campground trailhead parking lot on the Ski Basin road (Highway 475) just before Hyde Memorial State Park. Bring water and rain gear. The two mile hike with moderate uphill climb takes approximately 2 hours. Free. Everyone welcome.



Keep carbon in the forests



Forest Wisdom — tree communication, resource sharing, cooperation and the unique ways trees sense their surroundings and regenerate following fire



Draft resolution to Santa Fe County Commissioner Anna Hamilton asks for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) instead of a toothless "comprehensive NEPA analysis"



New Mexico SB266/HB266 - Forest and Watershed Restoration Act



Treat homes, not forests, to reduce wildfire risk



Smokescreen: Why Prescribed Burns Won't Reduce Wildfires - by George Wuerthner



Fire in Southwestern Ponderosa Pine Forests: Areas of Agreement and Uncertainty - a written extract from Dr. Hanson's talk about points of agreement and uncertainty regarding forest management.



Camp Fire Renews Focus On Blaze Safe Homes Over Tree Care



Letter to James Melona, Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor, regarding Southwestern white pine and slash in the Hyde Park project



PRESIDENT TRUMP IS WRONG ABOUT WILDFIRE PREVENTION - Dr. Chad Hanson's CNN piece on why more thinning and logging is not the answer. "Butte County, which has been ravaged by the Camp Fire, had been heavily logged in previous years."



Fire in our Southwestern Forests - Sarah Hyden's Op-Ed in the Santa Fe New Mexican, 10/13/18.



SARAH HYDEN on KSFR - Tom Trowbridge interviewed Sarah Hyden on the KSFR show Wake-Up Call on November 2, 2018. The Interview begins at 22:10.


DR. CHAD HANSON Sunday September 23, 11am

Dr. Chad Hanson, a forest and fire ecologist with the John Muir Project, and a National Director of the Sierra Club spoke at Collected Works Bookstore on Fire in our Southwestern Forests: How can we protect our forests, our homes and ourselves?

Videos of the talk are available online:  

Introduction & Talk

Q & A Session

Bullet Points from Chad Hanson's Presentation


UPDATE ON LAWSUIT - August, 2018

Activists who oppose a U.S. Forest Service plan to thin 1,800 acres near Santa Fe have asked a federal judge to delay work scheduled to begin in October in the Hyde Memorial State Park and Pacheco Canyon areas until their legal challenge has been decided.

Read the full article:  Activists ask court to delay forest-thinning project



FOREST REALITY HIKE Sunday September 16, 9am

Join Sam Hitt and the Santa Fe Forest Coalition to see for yourself Forest Service plans to clear and burn trees in roadless wilderness quality land near Hyde Memorial State Park.

Meet at the Black Canyon Campground trailhead parking lot just off State Highway 475 (Ski Basin road). Bring water and rain gear. The two mile hike with moderate uphill climb takes approximately 2 hours. Free. Everyone welcome.



Tree Cutting and Burning in Wilderness Quality Lands Near Hyde State Park Challenged, Thursday, May 24, 2018

See the full press release.   See the associated article in the San Fe New Mexican.



Please sign our online petition. It calls for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that fully complies with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in regard to the tree cutting and burning program for the scenic 107,000 acre forest on the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo mountains above Santa Fe known as the Greater Santa Fe Fireshed.

Sign the petition here.



George Wuerthner gave a talk on "Wildfire and Forest Health: Myths & Reality", on November 5, 2017 at Body of Santa Fe. You may have seen George's recent editorial in the Santa Fe New Mexican:

Recognizing the Growing Threat of Wildfire

We recorded George's talk on Sunday. It is availale online in two parts:

Part 1

Part 2











 


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