Opportunity to Comment on Smokey Bear District’s Proposed Sunset Mesa Fuel Reduction Buffer Project

RUIDOSO, NM, August 29, 2018The Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear Ranger District is proposing to treat approximately two acres of piñon and juniper woodland on Sunset Mesa for a fuel reduction buffer and timber stand improvement. This stand is overstocked with small diameter piñon pine/ juniper that poses a fire risk and is adjacent to private residences. The purpose of this project is to reduce the canopy density with the desired outcome of increased tree spacing, protecting large and old growth trees, and reducing the fire hazard of a dense timber stand. A map of the proposed treatment area is shown in figure 1. The site is located approximately 2.4 miles south of Nogal, NM, off of State Highway 37. The site can be accessed by traveling south on Forest Road FR 9012A “Pfingsten Ranch road”. After about 0.5 miles, the road becomes Sunset Mesa road. The project is on Forest Service land that is accessed through private land. The legal location is T9S R12E Sec 18.

Additional information regarding these actions can be obtained from: Andrew Ellis, 901 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345; 575-257-4095; AndrewEllis@fs.fed.us; or on the Lincoln National Forest projects website - http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/lincoln/landmanagement/projects.


How to Submit Comments

Electronic comments including attachments may be submitted by email to comments-southwestern-lincoln-smokey-bear@fs.fed.us. Include the project title in the subject line. Written comments may also be addressed to: Jodie Canfield, District Ranger, c/o Andrew Ellis, 901 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345; or faxed to (575) 257-6174. Oral or hand-delivered comments must be received within our normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Smokey Bear Ranger District. The phone number is (575) 257-4095. Anyone submitting a comment is asked to provide their name and postal mailing address so that they can be added to the project mailing list. Comments submitted anonymously will be considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide the Agency with the ability to provide the respondent with subsequent environmental documents.

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Figure 1. Map of the proposed treatment area https://www.fs.usda.gov/nfs/11558/www/nepa/109910_FSPLT3_4406790.pdf