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.
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: