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Sulfur Picnic Area project

08/17/2016 4:06 PM | Nancy Carpenter

EM Residents,


      We here at EMIFPA feel it is important to relay wildfire related efforts in our region. The following is from Crystal Powell, Sandia Ranger District Ranger, regarding one of the many projects the District is undertaking to make our forest a better neighbor.



The Sulphur project area is located on the Sandia Ranger District of Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands and includes 1,173 acres. The project is being implemented due to high tree density and severe competition have created conditions that compromise forest health, wildlife habitat, and scenic quality while increasing the possibility of high-intensity wildfires. 


The Environmental Analysis and Decision Memo were completed and signed in February 2014 and implementation began in the fall of 2015. This project is broken up into two different project areas, Sulphur A and B. Sulphur A includes the developed recreation sites Doc Long, Sulphur Canyon and Cienega Canyon, Sulphur B is everything south of Cienega Canyon. The project was divided to better manage finances and implementation, but all are designed to restore desired conditions, control invasive plants, and manage for sustainable recreation.


Treatments include mechanical (mastication or harvesting equipment) and hand thinning, fuelwood collection, prescribed burning, invasive plant species management, trail rehabilitation and relocation and decommissioning of non-system trails.


Project partners include New Mexico State Forestry, The Nature Conservancy, the Rio Grande Water Fund, New Mexico Forest Industry Association, the Pueblos of Sandia and Santa Ana.



Thank you for your help in getting this information out.



Crystal Powell
District Ranger

Forest Service

Cibola National Forest and Grasslands, Sandia Ranger District

p: 505-281-3304 x117


     As always, EMIFPA advises all residents to be aware, be prepared, and be self reliant. Fire conditions in our area are presently "high".  As always, Report It, Don't Ignore It! If you see or smell smoke, call 911 immediately.


John Helmich

EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator


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