Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Receives Part Of $1M Forest Restoration Grant


Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Receives Part Of Forest Restoration Grant:

SFNF Awards $1 Million Plus In Restoration Grants

Submitted by Carol A. Clark

SANTA FE – As part of its Collaborative Forest Restoration Program, the Santa Fe National Forest has awarded more than $1 million in grants to restore riparian forests and watersheds, allow for the purchase of equipment to better utilize small-diameter trees and conduct the planning analysis for future restoration work. Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, one of the recipients will use their share of the funds to conduct riparian restoration projects within three northern New Mexico Pueblos.

The grants are going to the following recipients:

  • An award in the amount of $360,000 to Ohkay Owingeh tribe to conduct riparian restoration projects.
  • An award in the amount of $360,000 to Santa Fe-based Sustainable Ecosystems, LLC to complete the NEPA analysis on 20,280 acres on the Cuba Ranger District.
  • An award in the amount of $360,000 to Roger Tucker Inc. based in Jemez Springs to purchase two log trucks and three trailers to support small-diameter tree utilization at the Walatowa Timber Industries mill located at the Pueblo of Jemez.

“In addition to providing our stakeholders with grant funding to perform valuable restoration work, the program also helps us build long-term relationships with our communities,” SFNF Supervisor Maria T. Garcia said. “I look forward to working with this year’s awardees on these very worthwhile projects.”

The Collaborative Forest Restoration Program was signed into law in 2000 to establish a program in New Mexico to provide cost share grants to stakeholders for public lands projects that reduce the threat of wildfire, improve watershed conditions, and provide jobs and training to local communities.