Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFRP)

The Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFRP) program is administered by the USFS and grants up to $450,000 for forest restoration projects in New Mexico.

South Central Mountain RC&D, a local non profit organization will be applying for a CFRP grant to implement a hazardous fuel reduction project on Grindstone Mesa and Cedar Creek areas. Because of fuel conditions and dominant wind direction, this area is a high priority area for Ruidoso and the residents of Lincoln County.

If successful, the grant will include a combination of mechanical thinning and prescribed fire on up to 300 acres, southwest of our community. The grant stresses coordination between the USFS and local stakeholders and is a truly collaborative process. In addition to the thinning efforts a strong utilization and education component will be encouraged.

If you would like additional information, or would like to participate in the project please call Mike Caggiano at 575 937 1789


This project, if awarded, could “tie in” with other proposed fuel reduction projects in the same area. This provides for continuity, and an expanded overall project, focused in the highest priority area, rather than a “shotgun” approach with various projects that are scattered over a geographic area.  A recent proposal from the LBFRC, was outlined here, and might serve as a blueprint for the boundary areas, and other details of thinning needed on the south and west border of Ruidoso. The Village of Ruidoso, along with the US Forest Service have been looking into a similar thinning effort, and those details may be added here, as they become available.