Fire Ecology: Resiliency

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Post-fire restoration in the San Juan – Chama region.

In 2015, CPLA was awarded $410,000 from The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund for the treatment of 800 acres, through prescribed fire and thinning, over the next three years to improve forest health and restore wildlife habitat. Through this program, we are working with landowners and partners to: 1) Create fire plans for private lands, and coordinate fire management activities across jurisdictional boundaries, including private lands and local, state, federal agencies tribal and other jurisdictions in the project area responsible for fire management, including the U.S. Forest Service, 2) Share lessons learned from cross-boundary management in this forested landscape with others restoring forests in the Rio Grande Water Fund area, and with other members of the national Fire Learning Network, and 3) Increase the ability of local ranches, community members, and local, tribal, state and federal government partners to conduct prescribed burns through trainings and workshops in the region.

This project is part of the San Juan – Chama Watershed Partnership, a community-based partnership that is working to increase the resiliency and ecosystem health of the watershed and demonstrates how land, trees, wildlife, culture and people are all connected through water. As a priority outcome of this project, the Chama Peak Land Alliance and Rio Arriba County are updating the county Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).

Click here for a map of forest treatments and high fire risk areas.

Click on the links for more information about the Rio Grande Water Fund and Fire Learning Network.

Other relevant resources: National Fire Adapted Communities Network and NM Fire Adapted Communities.

Please click here for funding acknowledgements and our nondiscrimination statement. Many thanks to support from the Fire Learning Network (FLN)!

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Multi-Jurisdictional Fire Map for the San Juan – Chama: Click on the image below for a larger version of the map (.pdf).

This map depicts the complexity of wildfire management in a multi-jurisdictional landscape.

This map depicts the complexity of wildfire management in a multi-jurisdictional landscape.