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Letter to James Melonas, SFNF Supervisor regarding SW white pine etc. (12-21-18)

DSA Letter to NM Congressional Representatives Regarding the Hyde Park Project (6-10-18)

Breeding Bird Survey (7-6-17)

Audubon Hyde Park WUI Comments (5-5-17)

SFFC Coalition Hyde Park WUI Comments (4-10-17)

Wildearth Guardians Wild Watershed Hyde Park Pacheco Canyon (3-16-17)

Sierra Club Hyde Park WUI Comments (3-31-17)

TWS Scoping Letter Hyde Park Pacheco Canyon (4-12-17)

Resiliency Project Risky to Communities by Dominick A. DellaSala, July 15, 2019

Sam Hitt on KSFR's Retake Our Democracy - July, 2018

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.
Guest Column, Albuquerque Journal

Prescribed Burns Creating a Smoky Santa Fe by Sarah Hyden, September 15, 2019

Sarah Hyden is the Santa Fe National Forest Advocate for WildEarth Guardians.

Full article on the Albuqueque website: Prescribed Burns Creating a Smoky Santa Fe
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.
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.

August 29, 7pm, Center for Progress and Justice, 1420 Cerrillos in Santa Fe

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 .

August 28, 7pm, Santa Fe City Council

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 Webberfor details.
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

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.

Fire in our Southwestern Forests on Sunday, September 23

Dr. Chad Hanson, who is a forest and fire ecologist with the John Muir Project, and a National Director of the Sierra Club gave a talk entitled Fire in our Southwestern Forests: How can we protect our forests, our homes and ourselves? at Collected Works Bookstore on Sunday, September 23.

Dr. Hanson discussed our evolving understanding of the role of mixed-intensity fire in our forests, and the often seemingly counter-intuitive lessons that are emerging from the current science. He also discussed the importance of forest protection as climite change mitigation, and the ways that communities can safely coexist with wildland fire.

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

Thanks to Journey Santa Fe and Wild Earth Guardians for sponsoring the talk. It was well attended with more than 50 people in the audience.
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 available online in two parts:

Part 1
Part 2

Response to TNC on wildfires

Keep carbon in the forests

Treat homes, not forests, to reduce wildfire risk

Smokescreen: Why Prescribed Burns Won't Reduce Wildfires

Camp Fire Renews Focus On Blaze Safe Homes Over Tree Care

Forest Protection in the Trump Era

Everything You Wanted To Know About Wildland Fires

Defensible Space: The Best and Only Hope

Forest protection and higher fire severity fires

Let Forest Fires Burn? What the Black-Backed Woodpecker Knows

How to think about fuel reduction effectiveness

Fuel reduction does not significantly alter fire behavior

Fewer trees do not equate to fewer fires

Old Forests Cool the World

Roadless Areas and Clean Water

Adapt to more wildfire as climate changes

Fire Probability & Fuel Treatment Effectiveness

Ips Beetles and Forest Thinning Activities

Bark Beetles Might Be A Good Thing

Pine Engraver Problems Associated With Thinning

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.

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 releaseon 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

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 Melonasrequesting a minimum of a 90 day comment period for the Santa Fe Mountains Forest Resiliency Project.