Members of the public are invited to the 2018 “all hands” meeting for a comprehensive update on the largest landscape-scale forest restoration project in New Mexico from today and Friday in Santa Fe.
The Southwest Jemez Mountains Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project 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, including 110,000 acres in the Santa Fe National Forest.
The Thursday meeting will be at the Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave., in the Jemez Rooms, next to the cafeteria. Project managers will update on implementation, including forest thinning, prescribed fire, and riparian and wetland restoration. Scientists and natural resource specialists will talk about the effects and benefits on watershed hydrology, vegetation and soils, and wildlife. Other topics include monitoring, fire risk modeling, cultural and archaeological resources, and socioeconomic impacts.
The Friday meeting is at the Santa Fe National Forest’s Supervisor’s Office, 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, to discuss proposed 2019 projects in the Jemez Mountains and receive feedback and ideas from collaborators.
Both meetings begin at 8:30 a.m. Thursday’s session ends at 5 p.m., and Friday’s ends at noon. Parking is free, and the college cafeteria will be open for lunch. The campus is ADA-accessible.