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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.

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.

SFNF Providing Virtual Services; Offices Closed to Public Entry

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is providing virtual services to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our offices are physically closed to the public, but visitors are encouraged to call our offices during regular business hours for prompt customer service.

Santa Fe National Forest Plan Revision

The Forest Plan guides the Santa Fe National Forest in fulfilling its stewardship responsibilities to best meet the current and future needs of the American people. The draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) and revised draft land management plan (Draft Forest Plan) are now available on our website for public review.

These versions are being provided as a preview prior to the official comment period which is expected to being this summer. We are not soliciting comments at this time. We ask that the public review these documents now but wait until the official comment period to submit to comments. Notification will be posted here when the official 90-day comment period has begun. Also check back for more information on our public meeting schedule and how to comment.

•             DEIS and Draft Forest Plan 

Celebrating 75 Years of a Beloved Fire-Prevention Icon

Here in the Southwestern Region, 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!

Southwest Jemez Mountains (SWJM) Landscape Restoration

The SWJM Collaborative Landscape Restoration Project is a long-term collaborative effort to restore forest ecosystems in the Jemez Mountains and improve their resilience to major disturbances, including fire, insects and disease, and climate change. In addition to the Santa Fe NF, lead partners include the Valles Caldera National Preserve, US Geological Survey, Pueblo of Jemez, Forest Stewards Guild, New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute, The Nature Conservancy, New Mexico Forest Industry Association, and WildEarth Guardians.

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