ACTION ALERT! Comments on proposed rule changes to NEPA due on March 10.
Sam Hitt on KSFR's Retake Our Democracy - July, 2018
Comments on the Santa Fe National Forest Draft Land Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement by Dominick A. DellaSala, Ph. D, Conservation Scientist
Here's to a new way to manage forests
by Dominick A. DellaSala, October 5, 2019
Monday, October 21, 7pm, Unitarian Universalist Santa Fe, 107 W Barcelona Rd, Santa Fe
Charles Eisenstein will be speaking on "CLIMATE – THE LIVING EARTH PARADIGM" at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 7pm, on October 21.
"Even if we cut emissions to zero, if we continue to degrade the organs of Gaia – the forests, wetlands, soil, water, whales, fish – then the Earth will still die a death of a million cuts." In this gathering, Charles Eisenstein draws out the profound implications of the Living Planet paradigm. He will discuss the limits of carbon accountancy, offering a holistic alternative that vastly broadens the scope of urgency, action, and hope. Shall we participate in a living Earth or a dying Earth? "When we participate in a living Earth, miracles of healing are possible. For we too are an organ of Gaia."
~ Charles Eisenstein
Ticket price: self-determined at the door.
Prescribed Burns Creating a Smoky Santa Fe by Sarah Hyden, September 15, 2019
County Commission to Consider Resolution
– County Commissioners Anna Hansen (D-2) and Ed Moreno (D-5) will present a joint resolution at the next Santa Fe County Board of County Commission meeting on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, in support of the Global Climate Strike, being organized for Friday, September 20, 2019, by the New Mexico Youth United for Climate Crisis Action (YUCCA).
See the announcement.
Sunday, September 8, 9:30AM, Black Canyon Campground / Trailhead
LAST BLACK CANYON HIKE OF THE YEAR!
Sunday, Sept 8, 9:30am, see intro video.
Join Sam Hitt on walk through old growth roadless forest. Witness a forest cleared and burned in the name of fire prevention. Learn about Forest Wisdom and efforts 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.
Dominick DellaSala will be speaking in Santa Fe on Aug 29 at 7pm at the Center for Progress and Justice, 1420 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.
Dominick DellaSalla discusses "The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature's Phoenix" with Tom Towbridge, KSFR radio interview, August 29, 2019. listen to podcast.
Join us at the Santa Fe City Council this Wednesday 8/28, 7pm, to urge Mayor Webber and Councilors to attend the free public lecture by Dr. Dominick DellaSala on Thursday. Anyone can speak for 2 minutes on any topic.
At 6pm we meet at Tres Colores restaurant across from City Hall 101 W. Marcy for tacos and conversation.
See attached letter to Mayor Webber for details.
Letter to Chief Vicki Christiansen, U.S. Forest Serviceon the NEPA rollbacks from 320 scientists
August 26, 2019
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)
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.
Kent Safford Books: Choose The Sun