Forest Health Speaker Series for September: Flood Plain, ISO Ratings and Your Insurance!

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Christmas Tree Permits – Sales Begin November 3rd

The Lincoln National Forest will begin selling Christmas tree permits on Monday, November3rd for $5.00 each – only one per household.  A limited number of permits will be available to be sold on a first come first served basis. … [Read More...]

New Sign and Celebration!!

A new programmable message board is installed and operational at the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce. Little Bear Forest Reform Coalition plans to obtain several of these signs, and place them at strategic locations around Ruidoso. The signs will display messages of interest to the Ruidoso community and visitors, most importantly, consistent and current information about … [Read More...]

Air Curtain Incinerators

Last week, an Air Curtain Incinerator was demonstrated in Lincoln County. One of the significant problems with thinning forests both for a healthier ecosystem, and for reduced fuel load is what to do with the woody materials left over after thinning. Disposal options include chipping, or burning the left-over plant material.  … [Read More...]

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New FEMA Mitigation Program – Important News for Landowners

A new Hazard Mitigation Program by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) could help landowners in Brady Canyon, Carrizo, Eagle Creek, Lakeshore/Flying J, Nogal, the south side of Highway 220, Sun Valley, Upper Cedar Creek, and West Gavilan.  … [Read More...]

LBFRC Board Member Leroy Cockrell Leads Black Forest Towards Firewise Designation

LBFRC Board Member, Leroy Cockrell, is helping the Black Forest subdivision work towards a Firewise Designation.  … [Read More...]

Prescribed Fire Update – Lincoln National Forest – Smokey Bear Ranger District – Ruidoso and Capitan Areas

9/29/14 - Prescribed Fire Update - Moisture is forecast to push out of the area after today (9/29/14).  Firefighters are planning to test burn the piles at Grindstone tomorrow (9/30/14).  If all goes well with the test burn they will continue with ignitions.  If the weather conditions remain favorable, they will continue with prescribed fire activities (lighting piles) through … [Read More...]

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Meeting at Alto Tonight 6:00pm

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be holding a meeting tonight (9/23/2014) at 6PM. The meeting will be at the Alto Lakes Country Club pavilion. The topic of discussion will be areas in Lincoln County that have received money from the Hazard Mitigation program; specifically areas that have not received sufficient money for mitigation of hazardous trees. … [Read More...]

Prescribed Burn in Smokey Bear Ranger District July 25-26

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County commissioners hear presentation on cost of restoring healthy forests and watersheds

Dr. Brent Racher, a fire ecologist and president of the New Mexico Forest Industry Association, spoke to Lincoln County commissioners regarding the need to restore healthy watersheds. He stressed the necessity of long-term financial commitment in maintaining the health of Lincoln County forests and watersheds, … [Read More...]

Forest Health Series – Bark Beetles on August 5th

Dr. Carol Sutherland, Extension Entomologist at NMSU and New Mexico State Entomologist will speak on bark beetles during the monthly Forest Health series at ENMU-Ruidoso. She will discuss the habits and misconceptions concerning the beetles including their part in our pine tree die-off, whether they can invade homes and what to do about them. The talk will take place Tuesday, … [Read More...]

Fire-Fighting Tankers to Remain at Alamogordo and Roswell

An article posted on the Ruidoso News website on June 30, 2014 stated that single-engine air tankers (SEAT) that dispense fire retardant slurry on wildfires will continue to be based in Alamogordo and Roswell rather than at the Sierra Blanca Regional Airport. … [Read More...]

Firefighter Training with Controlled Burns, a Collaborative Project

Every year in spring when the winds pick up and the land dries out, residents in Lincoln County understandably get a little nervous as fire danger increases. We have been lucky that the conditions in 2013 and 2014 have provided a bit more moisture then the conditions in 2012 which fueled the Little Bear Fire. This year, as the monsoons approach and the grass greens up the risk … [Read More...]

Stage I Fire Restrictions to end in Lincoln National Forest

Stage I Fire Restrictions will end in the Lincoln National Forest at 8:00 am on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. With the recent rains, the fire danger in the Sacramento and Smokey Bear Ranger Districts of Lincoln have gone down to "MODERATE", and the fire danger in the Guadalupe Ranger District has been reduced  to "HIGH". For complete details, see New Mexico Fire Information - Stage … [Read More...]