Zuni Mountains Fall 2018 Update

Greetings Partners and happy Fall! Collaborative members have been busy working on a variety of projects in the Zuni Mountains. Here are a few updates on what folks have been up to.

Mt. Taylor Fire & Fuels Crew

The Forest Stewards Guild was recently awarded a Collaborative Forest Restoration Program grant titled “Building capacity for prescribed fire in the Zuni Mountains.” A key component of that project is to employ a 10 person fire & fuels crew, based out of the Mt. Taylor Ranger District, that can help with prep work and prescribed fire implementation in the Zuni Mountains. The crew started on October 1st, right around the time when most seasonal Forest Service employees are ending their seasons.

In addition to the on-the-ground projects the crew is accomplishing, training opportunities have also been a big part of the Fire & Fuels crew. By providing opportunities for crew members to earn certifications, such as Wildland Fire Chainsaw use (S-212) and New Mexico Forest Worker Safety, participants will have improved employment opportunities when they complete the program.

While weather limited the amount of prescribed fire implemented in the Zuni Mountains this fall, the thinning, pile building, and line construction the crew accomplished will help set the Mt. Taylor Ranger District up for successful burns in the future.

 The Mt. Taylor Fire & Fuels crew preps fire-line for future prescribed burns. Photo: Chris Baca

The Mt. Taylor Fire & Fuels crew preps fire-line for future prescribed burns. Photo: Chris Baca

Water Quality Monitoring Field Trip

The same weather that has limited prescribed burning in the Zuni Mountains made scheduling the fall water quality trip a challenge as well. Both monitoring sites, which are habitat for the endangered Zuni Bluehead Sucker, are remote and difficult to reach. One of the sites, Tampico Draw, is in the bottom of a steep walled canyon. Not a great place to hangout in during a thunder storm!

Eventually, the clouds cleared and project partners from the Forest Stewards Guild, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, and the NM Native Plant Society made their way to the Zuni Mountains on October 24th and November 1st. The Collaborative has been collecting water quality data in Agua Remora and Tampico Draw since 2013. Data is collected on fine sediment, temperature, pH, level (depth), dissolved oxygen, electrical conductivity, and total dissolved solids. Forest restoration treatments are planned for the western half of the Zuni Mountains (near where the WQ sites are located) in the future pending a decision on the Puerco Project proposed action. By collecting baseline data in these important habitat areas, project partners will be able to track any potential changes in water quality that might result from forestry operations.

 Charlie Landsman from the NM Native Plant Society searches for a sediment monitoring basket. Photo: Matt Piccarello

Charlie Landsman from the NM Native Plant Society searches for a sediment monitoring basket. Photo: Matt Piccarello

Summary Report from Forest Service CFLR Visits

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Between 2016 and 2018, Forest Service staff from the national office in Washington D.C. visited 13 of the 23 CFLR projects around the country, including the Zuni Mountains CFLR. A summary of those visits and the lessons learned from them, is now available on the resources page. Additional resources can be found in the Forest Service CFLR Resource Library.

Zuni Mountains CFLR updates: July All-Hands Meeting, Puerco project NEPA comment period, and CFLR Scenario planning

July All-Hands meeting

New and long-time members of the Zuni Mountains Collaborative gathered at the El Malpais National Monument Visitor's Center in Grants July 17th and 18th to discuss the previous year of forest restoration work in the Zuni CFLR landscape.  The agenda covered topics including socio-economic and long-term vegetation monitoring, partner updates from Shirley Piqosa of Acoma Forestry, implementation and Puerco project NEPA updates from the Forest Service.

Eddie Baca, Acting Fire Management Officer for the Mt. Taylor Ranger District gave an excellent presentation that walked meeting participants through the events leading up to and during the Bluewater and Diener Canyon wildfires that occurred in the Zuni Mountains in April 2018. While the Diener Canyon fire did in fact start as a prescribed fire, that doesn't begin to tell the whole story. Several factors resulted in fire resources being spread thin, despite having more than twice the required personnel on hand. Three additional wildfire starts on the Mt. Taylor Ranger District on a day when wind speeds far exceeded what had been forecast created challenging conditions for firefighters. All of the starts were human caused, including one that fire investigators concluded had been caused by arson. Two of the three wildfire starts were successfully suppressed. The third, resulted in the Bluewater Fire, that burned 3,473 acres and prompted a pre-evacuation notice for the nearby communities of Bluewater Acres, Bluewater Village/Plano Colorado Estates, and the La Jara Subdivision. The Diener canyon fire burned predominately within the footprint of the 2004 Mt. Sedgwick fire, limiting the ecological damage and mitigating fire effects. 

On July 18th, meeting participants toured past and proposed treatment sites as well as areas impacted by the Diener Canyon fire. The field tour, which showed areas burned as part of the prescribed fire and subsequent wildfire provided important context for the previous days presentation by Eddie Baca. 

Below are links to presentations and resources discussed at the meeting. 

Socio-economic monitoring presentation

CFLR legislative update presentation

Puerco NEPA presentation

Link to RAWS weather station data (available for the first 10 minutes of every hour)

Common stand exam map

 

Puerco Project NEPA

The Cibola National Forest is accepting comments on the proposed action for the Puerco Landscape Restoration Project until August 30th. The proposed analysis area is approximately 81,00 acres and includes 49,359 acres of mechanical treatment with prescribed fire, 23,087 acres of mechanical treatment only, and 8,538 acres of treatment using prescribed fire only. The proposed action and environmental assessment can be found on the resources page.

CFLR Scenario Planning 

Thursday, September 20th, project partners will convene a scenario planning meeting to discuss the future of the Zuni Mountains CFLR. The meeting will be held at the El Malpais National Monument Visitor Center. 1900 E. Santa Fe Ave. Grants, NM from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m on Thursday September 20th 2018. Visit the event page to RSVP for the meeting by September 10th. 

Diener Canyon and Bluewater Fire Command to be Transferred Back to the Cibola National Forest

April 25, 2018   10:30 AM

Diener Canyon Fire Statistics                                               Start date:  April 12, 2018

Size:  9,338 acres (no change)

Location: Mount Sedgwick

Cause: spot fires from Redondo Prescribed Burn                                                                    

Containment: 94%

 

Bluewater Fire Statistics

Start date:  April 12, 2018

Size:  3,473 acres (no change)

Location:  Salitre Mesa                                                                                                                        

Cause:  abandoned campfire 

Containment: 85%

Bluewater:  3 Type 2 crews, 6 water tenders, 73 personnel

Diener Canyon: 4 engines, 45 personnel

As fire activity has drastically decreased, so has the need for personnel and equipment. The ABQ Zone Incident Management Team will transition command of the fires back to the Cibola National Forest, Mount Taylor Ranger District, Type 4 organization tomorrow morning.

The public can still expect to see smoke put up by smoldering areas within the interior. Dozer and hand line repair will continue with expected completion by the end of today’s work shift.  After working diligently for days, crews have finally completed removing hazardous trees from within both of the fire perimeters.

Since wildland fires cause both immediate and long term damage to natural resources a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team was called in.  The team will assess the damage done by the fires and recommend ways to stabilize the land.  BAER plans to address concerns about community water, supplies, water quality, fisheries and wildlife habitat, infrastructure, invasive plants, cultural resources, soil productivity, and threats to life and property.

The Temporary Flight Restriction that has been in place over the Bluewater and Diener Fires area, has been lifted. 

This will be the last daily News Update for the Diener Canyon and Bluewater Fires.  For further information please contact the Mount Taylor Ranger District at (505) 287-8833 between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

There is a correction to the contacts for government wildland fire suppression and non-suppression contracts.

Fire Suppression VIPR: Stephanie Archuleta – Forest Service Contracting Officer for the SW Region: 505-842-3127    snarchuleta@fs.fed.us

 

Non-Fire Supression: Johnny Lanctot – Forest Service Northern Zone Acquisition Manager: 505-346-3990    johnnymlanctot@fs.fed.us

Bluewater/Diener Canyon Fire Information: (575) 322-6716 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM   

Twitter: @cibola_nf                                                               NM Fire Info webpage:  nmfireinfo.com

G-mail:  bdcfires@gmail.com                                               Facebook: www.facebook.com/cibolanf/

Bluewater Fire - Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5741/

Diener Canyon Fire - Inciweb:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5742/  

Excessive winds could hamper firefighter efforts

April 17, 2018   10:30 AM

Diener Canyon Fire Statistics                         Bluewater Fire Statistics

Start date: April 12, 2018                                  Start date: April 12, 2018

Size: 8001 acres                                                 Size: 2526 acres

Location:   Mount Sedgewick                           Location:   Salitre Mesa

Cause: Spot fires from Redondo Rx Burn       Cause:   Abandoned campfire

Containment:   35%                                           Containment:   10%

Total Resources 

Diener Canyon:  3 helicopters, 19 engines, 5 water tenders, 4 T1 crews, 4 T2 crews, 345 persons. 

Bluewater:  1 T2 crew, 3 engines, 3 dozers, 1 water tender, 37 persons

Yesterday, firefighters completed containment lines along Deiner Canyon continuing into the eastern portion of Redondo Canyon along Forest Road (FR) 480. Low relative humidity and high winds increased flame lengths and fire intensity in the SW interior of the Diener Canyon Fire with black smoke visible from I40. The fire activity stayed within containment lines. Red Flag warnings during the daylight hours have compelled managers to conduct burn out operations at night. Night burnout operations helped reduce fuels on the eastern side of the fire from FR 425 to FR 480 aiding containment objectives. Firefighters will continue to secure the NW and E side of the fire using hand dug line and burn out operations.

Crews are patrolling FR 480 and FR 425 to protect Bluewater Village and La Jara subdivision.

Log piles and other fuels on the N side of the Bluewater Fire continue to burn. Fire managers expect the fire to grow towards the NE along the Reynold Draw; however; lack of fuels on the rimrock to the NE and SE should act as a natural firebreak. Potential still exists for spotting across the rimrock. Firefighters will use full suppression tactics to keep the fires from moving off public lands to protect the communities of Bluewater Acres, Bluewater Village, and Bluewater State Park.

Today, crews on the Diener Canyon Fire will patrol and hold the containment line along FR 178, patrol and hold the burn out operations. Crews on the Bluewater Fire will continue to construct direct and indirect hand lines on the N side of the fire and from the west side of the fire to FR 178.

Current Red Flag weather conditions will contribute to dangerous firefighting conditions. High winds will limit the use of aircraft during initial attack. Firefighters could be exposed to erratic fire behavior and the potential of falling trees while on the fireline. Fire operations will temporarily cease if the safety of firefighters is compromised.

Pre-evacuations:  All pre-evacuation orders have been rescinded, and the evacuation center located at Grants High School has been closed.

Air Quality:  Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Closures:  A closure order has been issued for the Forest in the area of the wildfires.  Bluewater Lake State Park is also closed to the public.  A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the fire area is in place.  Operating a drone or unmanned aerial vehicle in the TFR is also strictly forbidden, and dangerous to aircraft employed in fire suppression.

Community Meeting: A community meeting will be convened tonight, Tuesday, April 17, 5:30 PM in the auditorium of the old Cibola County Court House at 515 West High Street in Grants. Status of the wild fire suppression efforts and related matters will be discussed.

 

Bluewater/Diener Canyon Fire Information: (575)322-6716 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Twitter: @cibola_nf                                      NM Fire Info webpage:  nmfireinfo.com

Gmail: bdcfires@gmail.com                         Facebook: www.facebook.com/cibolanf/

Bluewater Fire – Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5741/

Diener Canyon Fire – Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5742/

CFLRP funded at full level in fiscal year 2018 & New Factsheet.

The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Programs was funded at its fully authorized $40 million level in the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill that was passed and signed on March 23. If you have not already done so, please take a moment to contact your Senators and Representatives and thank them for supporting full funding for CFLRP.

CFLRP Factsheet

This document highlights the successes and performance of CFLRP since 2010, and makes the case for a permanent extension and increased funding for CFLRP and future project investments. Share this document broadly with legislators and other interested parties in preparation for next years appropriation process.

CFLRP FACTSHEET

 

Firefighters Face Challenges From Red Flag Winds

Diener Canyon Fire Statistics                                 Bluewater Fire Statistics

Start date:  April 12, 2018                                          Start date:  April 12, 2018

Size:  6,682 acres                                                        Size:  2,532 acres

Location: Mount Sedgwick                                        Location:  Salitre Mesa      Cause: spot fires from Redondo Prescribed Burn   Cause:  abandoned campfire 

Containment:  20%                                                      Containment:  10%

 

Total Resources  

Diener Canyon:  3 helicopters, 17 engines, 2 water tenders, 4 T1 crews, 3 T2 crews, 304 persons

Bluewater:  1 T1 crew, 3 engines, 3 dozers, 1 water tender, 36 persons

Yesterday (4/15/18) firefighters continued the burn out operation on the east flank of the Diener Canyon Fire, along Forest Road (FR) 425.  The burn out has resulted in a wide containment line, as six to ten inch flames slowly consumed light to moderate forest vegetation. This line is designed to prevent any fire from moving to the east toward Bluewater Village and La Jara subdivision, as a result of predicted strong, gusty winds from the southwest.  Crews mopped up and patrolled the fire edge along FR 178.

Fire crews completed confinement lines on the northwest corner of the Bluewater Fire, stopping movement of fire toward Bluewater Acres, but fire remained active in windrows of uprooted juniper trees on the north side of the fire.  A heavy helicopter dropped water on burning fuel, assisting firefighters as they suppressed the flames.

Today crews will continue the burn out along FR 425 east of the Diener Canyon Fire, bringing the containment line south to tie in to FR 480.  Firefighters will patrol and mop up along FR 178, and may use aerial ignition to clean up unburned areas if necessary, weather permitting.  Structure Protection crews will continue assessing prevention needs.

Firefighters will patrol the fire’s edge around the Bluewater Fire, putting out hotspots wherever they find them.  Fire is still active on the northeast corner, and helicopters will be used to keep the fire in check, weather permitting.

Winds are predicted to be southwest 15 to 25 mph, with gusts to 25+ mph this afternoon. Strong wind may prevent use of aircraft in the afternoon.

Pre-evacuations:  All pre-evacuation orders have been rescinded, and the evacuation center located at Grants High School has been closed.

Air Quality:  Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Closures:  A closure order has been issued for the Forest in the area of the wildfires.  Bluewater Lake State Park is also closed to the public.  A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the fire area is in place.  Operating a drone or unmanned aerial vehicle in the TFR is also strictly forbidden, and dangerous to aircraft employed in fire suppression.

Community Meeting:  A community meeting will be convened on Tuesday, April 17, 5:30 PM in the auditorium of the old Cibola County Court House at 515 West High Street in Grants.  Status of the wild fire suppression efforts and related matters will be discussed.

Bluewater/Diener Canyon Fire Information: (575)322-6716 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM    

Twitter: @cibola_nf                                                               NM Fire Info webpage:  nmfireinfo.com

G-mail:  bdcfires@gmail.com                                                Facebook:www.facebook.com/cibolanf/

Bluewater Fire - Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5741/

Diener Canyon Fire - Inciweb:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5742/

Closures Implemented for Bluewater and Diener Canyon Fire Area

April 14, 10:00 p.m.

The Cibola National Forest has temporarily closed a portion of the Mt. Taylor Ranger District encompassing the Bluewater and Diener Canyon Fires.  The closure area includes all of the land contained within the following boundary:  beginning where Highway 612 ends and Forest Service Road (FSR) 178 begins, FSR 178 to the intersection with FSR 480; FSR 480 to intersection of FSR 50; FSR 50 to the intersection of Country Road 49; and, County Road 49 to the Forest boundary (as displayed in the closure area map).

This temporary closure is effective April 14, 2018, and shall remain in effect until August 31, 2018, or until rescinded, whichever occurs first.

In addition, the Bureau of Land Management Land has temporarily closed public lands in Cibola County within the area of the Bluewater Fire to all unauthorized entry, effective immediately.  This closure affects public lands within the Bluewater Creek Area of Critical Environmental Concern, about 9 miles northwest of Milan, NM, and adjacent public lands administered by the BLM.

This emergency closure is necessary to ensure public and firefighter safety during firefighting activities and initial suppression rehabilitation efforts.

Firefighters Make Progress Utilizing Favorable Weather

April 15th, 2018: The Diener Canyon Fire (6,106 acres) is burning on Mount Sedgwick within the old fire scar from 2004. The Bluewater fire (2,532 acres) is located approximately 4 miles north of the Diener Canyon Fire on Salitre Mesa.

On Saturday afternoon firefighters engaged in a successful firing operation on the west end of the Diener Canyon Fire, taking advantage of lighter wind.  Low intensity fire backed downhill to Forest Road 178, efficiently consuming light fuels in the process.

On the north side of the Bluewater Fire windrows of dead uprooted juniper trees were consumed and helicopters dropped water on flames in north side canyons where Ponderosa pine timber predominates.

Today, firefighters plan to complete a burn out between Forest Road 425 and the east flank of the Diener Canyon fire while conditions are favorable, in anticipation of Red Flag conditions on Monday.  Fire crews will work directly on the fire’s edge on the Bluewater Fire.  Three helicopters are available to assist in these efforts. Structure Protection crews will continue to assess preparation needs in the La Jara subdivision.

Residents of Bluewater Acres, Bluewater Village/Plano Colorado Estates and La Jara subdivisions continue to be under a pre-evacuation notice.  In the event of an evacuation, an evacuation center is located at Grants High School, and the Grants Rodeo Grounds can be used to house livestock.

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Fire investigators have determined that multiple spot fires from the Redondo Prescribed Burn started the Diener Canyon Fire.

A closure order has been issued for the Forest in the area of the wildfires.  Bluewater Lake State Park is also closed to the public.

A Temporary Flight Restriction over the fire area is in place.

Bluewater and Diener Canyon Fire Information:
NM Fire Info webpage: nmfireinfo.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cibolanf/
Twitter: @cibola_nf
Bluewater Fire – Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5741/
Diener Canyon Fire – Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5742/

Pre-Evacuation Notices Lifted on Bluewater and Diener Canyon Fires

As of April 15th, pre-evacuation notices for the residents of Bluewater Acres, Bluewater Village/Plano Colorado Estates and La Jara subdivisions have been lifted today. The evacuation center has been closed at Grants High School.

Despite the notice being lifted, residents in these communities should continue to have a plan in place should another pre-evacuation notice be necessary. While future evacuations are not anticipated, the fire remains active and high winds are predicted this week.

Residents should monitor the status of the fires and be thinking about what preparations they would need to take in case conditions change. Take the time now to devise a plan for how you will leave and where you will go if you are advised to evacuate. Make a list of what you would need to take with you during an evacuation. Remember the five Ps: prescriptions, papers, pets, people and personal needs.  Visit the Department of Homeland Security webpage for more information on preparing for an evacuation:  https://www.ready.gov/evacuating-yourself-and-your-family

Little Growth on the Diener and Bluewater fires overnight

Grants, NM - April 13, 2018: A combination of low temperatures, high humidity and light snow helped overnight as both the Diener and Buewater fires both experienced little fire growth through the night. Burnout operations on teh Diner Fire were completed during the night from Post Office Flats to Ojo Redondo Campground on Forest Service Road 480. All lines are currently holding. Both the Diner and the Bluewater Fires are estimated at 1,000 acres each.

Residents of Bluewater Subdivision, Bluewatter Acres, Bluewater Village, and La Jara Subdivision continue to be on Pre-Evacuation notice. These residents have been asked to be prepared to leave at a moment's notice if an evacuation order is issued. In this event, an evacuation center ewill be located at Grants High School while the Grants Rodeo Grounds can be used to house livestock.

Winds are predicted to continue today, although slightly lighter with cooler temperatures. Gusts are still predicted to reach 40 miles per hour.

Firefighters from multiple agenciues and departments are assisting with these fires. A Type 1 Incident Management Team has been ordered to manage both fires. Members of the team began to arrive yesterday evening and will continue coming in today. They will work with the Forest to determin what tie they will assume command of the fires.

The Bonita Fire (7.3 acres) and the La Mosca Tank (10 acres), which both also started earlier yesterday, are not currently posing any threats.

The cause of all four fires is under investigation.

All updates will be posted through www.nmfireinfo.com 

Prescribed fires planned for the Mt. Taylor Ranger District

Albuquerque, NM, March 1, 2018 - Fire Managers are planning to execute a few prescribed fires on the Mt. Taylor Ranger District this spring.  These are planned ignitions conducted under specific conditions to restore fire dependent ecosystems.  These fires promote forest health in many ways such as reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients, and increasing habitat diversity along with reducing the risk of catastrophic wild fires. They are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority and will only be ignited under favorable weather and fuels conditions.  The following will be conducted as conditions allow:

  • Andrews Prescribed Fire – up to 774 acres will be treated to promote forest health and provide protection to nearby communities.  This will be a broadcast burn, meaning that hand ignitions will be used to ignite ground fuels over a widespread area within a clearly defined perimeter.  This site is located approximately 14 miles west of Grants, in the Zuni Mountains.
  • Corral Prescribed Fire – up to 200 acres will be treated to promote forest health.  This will also be a broadcast burn.  This site is located approximately 9 miles south of Continental Divide, in the Zuni Mountains.
  • Redondo Prescribed Fire – up to 3,412 acres will be treated to promote forest health. This will be a broadcast burn.  Both hand and aerial ignition will be used. This site is located approximately 14 miles west of Grants, in the Zuni Mountains.

Prescribed fires are planned in coordination with the New Mexico Department of Environmental Air Quality http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb/ and every effort is made to minimize smoke impacts; however, smoke from prescribed fires is inevitable.  Smoke sensitive individuals are encouraged to take precautionary measures.  Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.  If you have any questions, please contact the Mt. Taylor Fire Management office at 505-287-8833.

Media Contact: Donna Nemeth                                                                                    Phone: 505-346-3894 or 360-951-8486                                            Email: dnemeth@fs.fed.us

Web: www.fs.usda.gov/cibola                                                                              Twitter: @Cibola_NF                                                                                        Facebook: www.facebook.com/cibolanf

 

 

 

Bluewater Stewardship Project featured in the Forestry Source

The Zuni Mountain Collaborative was excited to lead a field tour of the Bluewater Stewardship Project during the recent Society of American Foresters (SAF) conference that happened in Albuquerque in November 2017.  SAF followed the tour with an article in their monthly newspaper, the Forestry Source. We're happy to share the successes of the project with visitors from across the nation and honored to be included by SAF. Thanks to all of our partners and supporters that have gotten us to this point.

Click the image below to view a PDF of the article.

View the full issue here.

False Hope and the Four Mile Canyon Fire

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Here is a great blog post on the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network website about lessons learned from the 2010 Four Mile Canyon fire near Boulder, CO. The author, Dave Lasky of Gravitas Peak Wildland Fire Module, personally treated 600 acres of forest within the burn scar prior to the burn. The blog post highlights the importance of following up mechanical treatments with prescribed fire to reduce surface fuels. The post also discusses how home construction, weather, and other factors often play a much larger role than vegetation in determining fire behavior and fire impacts to communities. 

Access the article here

Indonesian Foresters Visit the Zuni Mountains!

 Bagus Herudojo Tjiptono, Director of Protection Forest Management Unit Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

Bagus Herudojo Tjiptono, Director of Protection Forest Management Unit Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

Foresters from Indonesia recently visited the Zuni Mountains to learn how the Cibola National Forest is restoring resilience to forests in the Zuni Mountains. The visit was part of an ongoing partnership between the Cibola National Forest, the International Programs of the U.S. Forest Service, and the Indonesian Government. 

The visit to the Zuni Mountains included presentations from Cibola NF staff and partners about fire management, collaboration, and the organizational structure of varying levels Forest Service personnel. Our Indonesian visitors are looking to apply the lessons learned on their visit to forest management in their home country.

The learning exchange continues as Cibola National Forest Supervisor Elaine Kohrman, Matt Rau, Cibola National Forest Fire Staff Officer, and Jim Gumm, El Rito District Ranger are currently visiting Indonesia.

 

 Jim Gumm, Matt Rau, and Elaine Kohrman share a draft map of proposed work in the Mt. Taylor Ranger District

Jim Gumm, Matt Rau, and Elaine Kohrman share a draft map of proposed work in the Mt. Taylor Ranger District

Partner recognition in National Cohesive Strategy Blog

The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy blog for the Western Region recently shared an article written by Zuni Mountains Collaborative partner Talking Talons Youth Leadership (TTYL).  The article "Teaching Fire with Fire," was initially featured in fireadaptednetwork.org and shared the success of TTYL's outreach efforts to middle schools in the Zuni Mountain Landscape.

 Always nice to see the great work ZMC partners are doing getting national recognition! Read the article here

 

Teaching Fire with Fire: A unique approach to community outreach

Talking Talons Youth Leadership, is doing some great work to educate elementary and middle school students about forest restoration and the role of fire in the Zuni Mountains. Read about their ongoing youth outreach program on the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network website https://fireadaptednetwork.org/teaching-fire-fire-unique-approach-community-outreach/