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Our Land: Preparing Homes For Fire Season

March 8, 2018 – This month on Our Land, we visit with tree ring scientist Tom Swetnam, a professor emeritus at the University of Arizona. Swetnam has studied forest ecology and fire regimes in the southwestern United States, including in the Jemez Mountains, where he returned to live a few years ago. But Swetnam isn’t just peering into the distant past. He’s also well-aware of the fire dangers in the Jemez, where he has worked to thin trees on his own property, shared knowledge with neighbors, and helped his local community understand how to keep their homes and neighborhoods safer from fire–and protect firefighters, too.

Additional Information:

Firewise Program

Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network

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Our Land: Collaborative Forest Restoration

NMiF: Our Land

November 24, 2017 - In the Jemez Mountains, a long-term project brings together people from different backgrounds, scientists from a range of disciplines and even environmental advocates and the timber industry.

The Southwest Jemez Mountains Resilient Landscapes and Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project covers 210,000 acres spread across the Santa Fe National Forest, Valles Caldera and the Pueblo of Jemez.

The goal is to return the Jemez’s forests to their more natural state—closer to what they were like before large-scale grazing in the late 1800s and a century’s worth of fire-suppression led to the thickets they had become by the end of the 20th century, when overgrown forests, drought and warming led to fires like Las Conchas in 2011.

In the August, 2017, episode of “Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future,” Dr. Bob Parmenter, chief of science and resource stewardship at Valles Caldera National Preserve, and Susan Harrelson, a silviculturalist with the U.S. Forest Service, show us the difference between healthy and overgrown forests in northern New Mexico and talk about the importance of reintroducing fire to the landscape.

Learn More/Read More:
Southwest Jemez Mountains Resilient Landscapes and Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project
Santa Fe National Forest historic photograph archives
Valles Caldera National Preserve
New Mexico Political Report