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SFMLRP Comments Due July 17, 2019

Dear Forest Lover,

Make your views known on a massive forest clearing and burning project above Santa Fe.

The Santa Fe National Forest plans to clear and burn at least 67 square miles of roadless and lightly roaded forests above Santa Fe that have been spared commercial logging for more than a century. It is the largest project ever proposed in these mountains and will continue for several decades. Areas eligible for Wilderness protection are at risk.

Most trees up to 24 inches in diameter will be removed from up to 21,000 acres and up to 43,000 acres will be burned. In addition, 94 miles of unused roads will be improved to allow access by tree clearing equipment. Clearing and burning is already occurring in Black Canyon, Pacheco Canyon and Santa Fe's watershed.

July 17 is the deadline for comments on the Santa Fe Mountains Landscape Resiliency Project. Email them to comments-southwestern-santafe@fs.fed.us with Santa Fe Mountains Landscape Resiliency Project in the subject line.

Love where you live. Defend what you love.

Sam Hitt

Forest Service Project Scoping Document

Sample Comment Letter

Project scoping comments by Sam Hitt for SFFC and Wild Watershed

Project scoping comments by Dr. Dominick A. DellaSala, Conservation Scientist

Sam's "My View" in the New Mexican, 6/23/2019

Jonathan Glass's "My View" in the New Mexican, 7/6/2019

Flyer about the project


Here are some usable quotes from the book Fire Ecology in the Rocky Mountain Landscapes, 2009, William Baker. Professor Baker is Professor in Ecology and Geography at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming.