Tag Archives: Wildfire

Our Land: Replanting Trees In The Jemez Mountains

Our Land Forest Ecology

August 10, 2018 – When the Las Conchas wildfire burned more than 150,000 acres of forest in the Jemez Mountains, the forest itself shifted. The 2011 fire killed trees, like ponderosa mines and other conifers, and new trees couldn’t grow back. Seed sources were destroyed—and the forest was warmer, as a result of warming over the past four decades.

Today, the University of New Mexico’s Matthew Hurteau is trying to understand how the landscape has changed, and which species of trees will be able to survive in the future. It’s just one way scientists are trying to connect science and policy-making.

On this month’s episode of Our Land, Hurteau takes us back to the burn scar in the Jemez and to the greenhouse on the roof of UNM’s Department of Biology.

Keep up with our coverage on the Our Land Facebook page and YouTube channel.

The Line: Fire Season Approaches

1138 Bracing for Wildfires

March 23, 2018 – New Mexico is getting ready for an intense fire season. Experts predict that a drought may cause fires to burn hotter and faster than past years. Is New Mexico doing enough to minimize the risk? How can homeowners and others prepare? Gene Grant leads the Line panel in a discussion on how our state might best handle the coming fire season.

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Mary Hudetz, reporter, Associated Press
Andy Lyman, reporter for NM Political Report
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP

Further reading:
Bracing for the big one this wildfire season – by Andrew Oxford and Sarah Halasz Graham, The Santa Fe New Mexican
Fire Season 2018: Hotter, faster fires expected this year – by Ollie Reed Jr., Albuquerque Journal