Resolution on Mexican Spotted Owl Litigation Moves Forest Restoration Forward

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and WildEarth Guardians reached an out-of-court resolution in the case WildEarth Guardians vs. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, et al. CV-13-00151-TUC-RCC in U.S. District Court in Arizona concerning the Mexican Spotted owl.

Per the resolution, the parties have jointly filed for dismissal of the associated injunction with the Court. Once the Judge approves the motion, the injunction that has limited certain timber management activities across the five national forests in New Mexico and on the Tonto National Forest in Arizona over the past year will be dissolved. Forest Service staff will work individually with affected local businesses for plans to resume activities on National Forest System lands.

Restricted Areas - Closed Developed Recreation Sites in The Southwestern Region

To protect public health and safety, and the health and safety 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. 

Celebrating 75 Years of a Beloved Fire-Prevention Icon

Here in the Lincoln National Forest, we feel a particularly close connection to Smokey Bear and his message of fire-prevention. We are the home of the orphaned black bear cub that would become a living symbol. 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!

Proposed Recreation Fees and Comment Information

We are accepting comments on proposed changes to the management of the developed recreation program. These changes will impact campgrounds and day-use sites on the Carson, Gila, Lincoln, and Santa Fe National Forests, and the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands. Comment period ends September 30, 2021.

New Mexico Vegetative Treatments

New Mexico Vegetation Treatments

Fact Sheet and Information for Timber & Thinning Activities

Since 2000, the Lincoln has cut, thinned, burned, pushed, and cleared over 400,000 acres of USDA Forest System Lands emphasizing their treatments around mountain communities for protection against fires.  Click here more much more information...

The New Objection Process

As of March 27, 2013, many projects and activities within the Forest Service are subject to a pre-decisional administrative review process, commonly referred to as an objection process. Under this process, individuals and entities may file objections after an environmental analysis document is completed and before a decision document is signed. This process builds on early participation and collaboration efforts, with the intention of resolving concerns before a decision is made.

Click Here for all the information on how this new process works.

New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse

Click here for information on the recent listing of the mouse.  Summary and background information, links to projects and reference material and more.


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NM CFRP Program at Work

New Mexico's Collaborative Forest Restoration Program at Work