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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.





 

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