Prescription fire being done in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Photo courtesy of NPS
Bandelier National Monument Invites Public Input on Fire Management Plan
Bandelier National Monument has announced that the park is re-initiating a planning effort to prepare a new Fire Management Plan and Environmental Assessment. The resulting plan will guide the full range of wildland fire program activities that will support land and resource management objectives. In 2013, Bandelier solicited public feedback regarding this Fire Management Plan. Now Bandelier is re-opening the public comment period in order to include newly identified issues, including the listing of the Jemez Mountains salamander as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, and the 2013 flash flooding events in the monument.
The purpose of the proposed Fire Management Plan for Bandelier National Monument is to comply with new national and National Park Service (NPS) policies, and to incorporate new scientific information into fire management planning within parks. Since the monument’s last Fire Management Plan was prepared in 2005, high-intensity fires, long periods of drought, and severe flooding have resulted in changes to the ecosystem that are not reflected in that past plan. In preparing a new Fire Management Plan for Bandelier, the NPS seeks to provide management direction that reflects these environmental changes and complies with the latest wildland fire management policies.
According to Park Superintendent Jason Lott, “We invite everyone who is interested in the future of the Bandelier Fire Program to participate in this planning process. We value everyone’s opinion and are striving to develop a plan that will address your ideas and concerns. This is your national park, and we strongly support your investment in working with us.”
The public is invited to attend an open house to learn more about the project, have discussions with park staff, and provide comments. The opportunity to attend a public meeting will be April 28, 2017 from 11:45 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 2 of the Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Avenue, Los Alamos. For additional information and to post comments online, those interested should visit the project website at: http://parkplanning.nps.go
Information about other events and ongoing activities at Bandelier is available on the park website, www.nps.gov/band, on the Facebook page or Twitter at BandelierNPS, or by calling the Visitor Center at 505-672-3861 x 517.