SW Jemez Mountains Forest Restoration Project Hosts Annual Public Meeting

by Reporter / Mar 13, 2019 / 0 comments

SW Jemez Mountains Forest Restoration Project Hosts Annual Public Meeting

SANTA FE, NM – Members of the public are invited to the 2019 “all-hands” meeting for a comprehensive update on the largest landscape-scale forest restoration project in New Mexico on March 28 – 29, 2019.  Both days are free and open to the public.

The is a long-term collaborative effort to restore forest ecosystems at the landscape scale and improve resilience to major disturbances, including fire, insects and disease, and climate change. The project covers 210,000 acres in the Jemez Mountains, 110,000 of which are within Santa Fe National Forest boundaries.

On Thursday, March 28, project managers will update on implementation, including forest thinning, prescribed fire, and riparian and wetland restoration.  Scientists and natural resource specialists will share monitoring data on wildlife, soils, stream water temperatures and wetland restoration.  Other topics on Thursday include socioeconomic impacts of the SWJM project and cultural and archaeological resources within the project area.

The March 28 session will be in the Jemez Rooms (next to the cafeteria) at the Santa Fe Community College (SFCC), 600 Richards Ave, in Santa Fe.  The session begins at 8:30 a.m. and adjourns for the day at 5:00 p.m.  Parking at SFCC is free, and the college cafeteria will be open for lunch.  The campus is ADA-accessible.

On Friday, March 29, the all-hands meeting moves to the Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 11 Forest Lane, in Santa Fe.  Discussion will focus on restoration projects proposed for 2020.  The Friday session begins at 8:30 a.m. and adjourns at noon.

Lead partners in the SWJM project include the Santa Fe National Forest, Valles Caldera National Preserve, U.S. Geological Survey, Forest Stewards Guild, New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute, New Mexico Forest Industry Association, Pueblo of Jemez, WildEarth Guardians and The Nature Conservancy.  

The agenda for the public meeting and directions to SFCC are posted on the Santa Fe National Forest Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/santafeNF.  For additional information, contact:

Bob Parmenter, Chief of Science & Resource Stewardship, Valles Caldera National Preserve, at 575.829.4850 or Robert_Parmenter@nps.gov

Karl Buermeyer, SWJM Implementation Coordinator, Santa Fe National Forest, at 575.829.3535 or kbuermeyer@fs.fed.us

 

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