by Dominick A. DellaSala, July 15, 2019
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.
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
on the appeal.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)
Slow-growing ponderosa pines may have a better chance of surviving longer than fast-growing ones, especially considering climate change (June 20, 2019 by Matthew Koehler)
The Highest Use of Public Forests: Carbon Storage (June 14, 2019 by George Wuerthner)
Letter to Mayor Webber on the Santa Fe Mountains Forest Resiliency Project (June 12,2019)
Judge Parker's Ruling on our lawsuit (June 5, 2019)
BLACK CANYON HIKE Sunday, June 2, 11am, and 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.
May 10, 2019 Letter to James Melonas requesting a minimum of a 90 day comment period for the Santa Fe Mountains Forest Resiliency Project.
Sam Hitt and Dr. Ann Campbell on KSFR, 4-23-2019
Response to TNC on wildfires
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"
Wildfires Rarely Encounter Fuel Treatments
Acres Burned by Year 1900 to Present
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
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
DSA Letter to New Mexico Congressionals Regarding the Hyde Park Project
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.
Santa Fe Reporter: Keep Defending Trees, Air And Water &mdash Op-ed by Emmy Koponen
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
Areas of Agreement and Uncertainty - a written extract from Dr. Hanson's talk about points of agreement and uncertainty regarding forest management.
Bullet Points from Chad Hanson's Presentation
Santa Fe Reporter: Before There's Smoke – Lawsuit challenging wildfire mitigation calls for more study, public input before moving forward
NYT Op-ed: Using Wildfires as an Excuse to Plunder Forests
Article by Douglas Bevington: Forest Protection in the Trump Era
UPDATE ON LAWSUIT
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.