xxSouthwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration


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.

Image of Jemez Mts


Forest Service Draft Environmental Impact Statement

The Santa Fe National Forest is preparing the Southwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration Project Draft Record of Decision (DROD) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). We anticipate publishing these documents in the fall.  You will be able to link to the documents once they become available.  The following graphic outlines the anticipated time line:


 Timeline arrow: Draft Record of Decision spring 2015, Opportunity to Object spring 2015




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.


map of SWJMLRP with boundary


prescribed fire

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.