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, and asked commissioners for a commitment of $600,000 to $800,000 annually for 10 years. He advocated for a proactive approach rather than the reactive efforts that resulted after the Little Bear forest fire. With the county’s financial commitment, Racher stated that money from other sources (private, tribal, municipal, state, and federal) could be coordinated and leveraged so as to maximize the impact of restoration efforts. Commissioners plan to hold a workshop with Racher and Ruidoso to further explore this approach.

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