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Request for Proposals

The Claunch Pinto Soil and Water Conservation District (CPSWCD) is seeking Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for a Forest Contract Inspector (FCI), who will provide professional and technical services to the Claunch-Pinto Soil and Water Conservation District (CPSWCD) to improve the CPSWCD’s ability to implement and monitor the Estancia Basin Watershed Health, Restoration and Monitoring and provide technical assistance on the watershed projects through the Greater Rio Grande Watershed Alliance grant program. The proposals must be sent to Dierdre L. Tarr, Procurement Manager Claunch Pinto SWCD on or before 3:00 PM on November 5, 2018. Copies of the request for proposals or other information regarding this procurement can be obtained from Dierdre Tarr, Claunch-Pinto SWCD, P O Box 129, Mountainair, New Mexico or by calling 505-847-2243. Copies of the request for proposals can also be downloaded here.

Taking the lead in New Mexico

The Claunch-Pinto Soil and Water Conservation District in Mountainair, New Mexico, was first in the nation to sign a memorandum of understanding with the USDA Forest Service and State conservation agencies. Now the district is a leader in healthy forests work in New Mexico. Fuels reduction, removal of invasive species, and reintroduction of native species and assemblages are of paramount importance to CPSWCD's conservation efforts. The work, funded by USDA Forest Service, the State Forestry office and State grants, provides a direct financial benefit to private landowners in an area with many low- and moderate-income residents. Grants have exceeded $1 million. Cost-sharing is provided to encourage fuels reduction and ecological restoration on private lands.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for December 7, 2018.
If not already posted here, an agenda may be picked up in the District office located at the Natural Resource Conservation Center, 1206 South Highway 55, Mountainair, NM.  

District meetings are held at the Natural Resource Conservation Center, located at 1206 South Highway 55, Mountainair, NM 87036. District meetings are open to the public as described in the CPSWCD Open Meetings Resolution. Regular meetings generally occur on the first Friday of each month.

All meetings are in accordance with the Open Meetings Act and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Deer Canyon Preserve: Ice & Fire

Presentation given at Deer Canyon Preserve, Mountainair, on October 20, 2018, by Shelley Rossbach, regarding area wildfire risks and reactions. PDF of presentation available here.

Cibola National Forest Prescribed Fire Projects

Albuquerque, NM, September 21, 2018 - Fire Managers have announced several locations where they are preparing to complete prescribed fire projects on the Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands this fall and winter. Prescribed fires are planned ignitions conducted under specific conditions to restore fire dependent ecosystems. Implementation of each project will only occur when weather, fuel moisture and smoke dispersal conditions are within the defined prescription parameters.

The roles that prescribed fires play include decreasing risks to life, resources and property and promoting forest health in many ways such as reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients, and increasing habitat diversity. They are initiated and managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority. The following will be conducted as conditions allow:

Sandia Ranger District

David Canyon Prescribed Fire: up to 600 acres will be treated with 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 6 miles south of Tijeras.

Hondo Prescribed Fire: up to 100 acres will be treated with a broadcast burn. This site is located approximately 1 mile west/southwest of Sandia Park.

Sulphur Prescribed Fire: up to 170 acres will be treated with a broadcast/Pile burn. This site is located approximately 1 mile west of Sandia Park.  

Mountainair Ranger District

Thunderbird Prescribed Fire: up to 300 acres will be treated north of the Thunderbird private property FR#275. This is a continuation of the burns conducted in the last several years.

Chato Prescribed Fire: up to 376 acres will be treated approximately 12 miles northwest of the town of Mountainair and three miles west of the town of Manzano on the East side of the Manzano Mountains.

Prescribed fires are planned in coordination with the New Mexico Department of Environmental 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

For more information, please call the Sandia Ranger District at 505-281-3304. 

Cibola National Forest Announcement

The Draft Plan and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Cibola National Forest Mountain Districts are available for preview here.

As a reminder, this is a preview of the draft documents and is not a formal release of the draft documents nor is it a formal scoping period.

The Cibola National Forest will be hosting a series of open houses in cooperation with the district collaboratives.  The open houses will provide the public an opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification on the current draft plan and the pre-publication of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The open houses are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, September 18, Mt. Taylor Open House, First Baptist Church of Grants, 224 Mountain Rd., Grants, NM, 4-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 20, Sandia Open House, UNM Continuing Education Center – North Building Auditorium, 1634 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM, 4-7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 25, Mountainair Open House, Dr. Robert Saul Recreation Center, 107 Roosevelt, Mountainair, NM, 4-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 26, Magdalena Open House, Magdalena School Fine Arts Center, 201 Duggins Dr., Magdalena, NM, 4-7 p.m.

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