Cibola Offering Recreation Passes Online

Planning to visit the Cibola? Now you can purchase your day use pass on line! Save the hassle of finding cash for the fee envelope and instead purchase a digital pass through our partner, Recreation.gov. This pass can be used for all sites that charge a day use fee on Sandia Ranger District, and at Lake McClellan on Black Kettle Ranger District.  Purchase your pass ahead of time or directly at the site when you visit; your license plate will be used to verify your purchase.

Heading outdoors to get a break from being in the house?

An adaptation of the TREAD Principles by Tread Lightly!

We've adapted the T.R.E.A.D Principles for social distancing outdoors to align with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help slow the spread of the disease and maintain physical and emotional health. Please help us keep the outdoors and enthusiasts healthy by following these easy guidelines.

Redondo Escaped Prescribed Fire Facilitated Learning Analysis June 2018

The intent behind a Facilitated Learning Analysis (FLA) is to improve performance by capitalizing on the shared experiences of participants

Restricted Areas - Closed Developed Recreation Sites in The Southwestern Region

To protect public health and safety, and the health and saftey of our employees and volunteers, and reflecting federal and state guidance to limit the spread of COVID-19, developed recreation sites are currently closed and group sizes are limited in other areas. 

Dog Head Fire Summary Report

The 17,912-acre Dog Head Fire started on the Mountainair Ranger District on June 14, 2016. The ensuing investigation determined that a masticator being used to reduce the forest fuels struck a rock, causing the ignition. This is the summary report from the investigation (pdf).

Travel Management

The Forest Service released the final rule for managing recreational off-highway vehicle (OHV) use on the national forests and grasslands in November 2005. The rule provides a framework for each national forest to identify and designate roads, trails, and areas suitable for motorized use. It also prohibits use of motor vehicles off the designated system. The rule was developed to address the threat of unmanaged motorized recreation to the health of the nation's national forests and grasslands.

Forest Plan Revision

The Cibola is one of eight early adopter forests completing forest plan revision using the 2012 Planning Rule for the Sandia, Mt. Taylor, Magdalena, and Mountainair Ranger Districts.  

Continuing the strong emphasis that has been placed on public engagement throughout this rule-making effort, the USDA formed a Federal Advisory Committee to advise the Secretary and the Chief on implementation of the final planning rule. Click here for more information.

The 2012 Planning Rule Proposed Directives have been released. 

Court ApprovesĀ Stipulation to Modify Injunction for Certain Activities

Updated: July 23, 2020

On October 23 the court issued an order approving the recently filed stipulation to modify the ongoing court-ordered injunction, allowing select timber management activities to resume. These activities include the cutting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, personal Christmas tree cutting, the cutting of personal use forest products such as vigas and latillas, special product collection by tribes for ceremonial purposes, and the cutting of certain hazard trees.

We continue to extend our gratitude to our state and federal partners and countless community leaders for their continued support. We are committed to being as open and transparent as possible in notifying interested groups and individuals when we take steps aimed at alleviating the stressors of the recent court-ordered injunction.

Celebrating 75 Years of a Beloved Fire-Prevention Icon

The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands wishes Smokey Bear a very happy birthday!  The orphaned black bear cub that became a living symbol was found on the Lincoln National Forest, our neighbor to the south.  We feel a particularly close connection to Smokey Bear and his message of fire-prevention. While we celebrate 75 years of Smokey Bear as an integral part of the nation’s popular culture, let’s take a look back at his captivating story!

Forest Plan Revision

The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands (Cibola) is revising its 1985 Land and Resource Management Plan for the Sandia, Mountainair, Magdalena, and Mt. Taylor Ranger Districts. Find out where we are in the process and how to get involved.

Travel Analysis Process

The Travel Analysis Process (TAP) is a planning tool to be used to identify opportunities for the national forest transportation system to meet current and future management objectives and to provide information that allows integration of ecological, social, and economic concerns into future decisions.  The TAP individually analyzed each of the National Forest System roads, using the associated risks and benefits, and resulted in a matrix to be used as part of future road system decisions.  The TAP is not a signed decision document but is rather a set of recommended changes to the forest transportation system. 

The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands elected to conduct this analysis on a district level.  There are 6 TAPs, one for each district, presented below.  The maps show the district roads separated into the categories of “likely needed” and “likely not needed,” from the TAP analysis.