Southwest Jemez Mountains Restoration is a long-term collaborative effort to restore sustainable ecological forest conditions on a landscape of approximately 210,000 acres in the southwest Jemez Mountains.
It involves several phases, including strategic planning, project planning, implementation, and monitoring.
The area comprises primarily the entire upper Jemez River watershed, including the nearly 86,000 acre Valles Caldera National Preserve, a portion of the Santa Fe National Forest (110,000 acres), and some state, private, and tribal lands.
Forest Service Draft Environmental Impact Statement
The 210,000 acre project area comprises the upper Jemez River watershed. It includes 89,000 acres within the Valles Caldera National Preserve, 110,000 acres within the Santa Fe National Forest, and 14,000 acres on nearby state, private, and Jemez Pueblo lands.
We want to promote the low-intensity, frequent surface fires that were once common across this landscape. Last fall, we successfully conducted the 14,382 acre Paliza Prescribed Burn to help restore healthy forest conditions.