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The Future of the Forests

3.31.23 –This spring, the Sandia Mountains have received more precipitation than in recent years, but they are still warming and drying over time. The forests are also overly dense, thanks in part to more than a century of fire suppression. As Our Land’s Laura Paskus reports, conditions are prime for what could someday be a catastrophic fire.

Correspondent: Laura Paskus

Shawn Martin, forest silviculturist, Cibola National Forest 
Aaron Johnson, Forestry Program manager, Cibola National Forest

For More Information:

2021 Forest Health Conditions in Arizona and New Mexico – USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection 

Climate Change ‘Outpaced’ Fire Protocols – Our Land

Forests Under Siege – Our Land

New Mexico Prevention Resources – New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department