US Forest Service - Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands

US Forest Service - Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands The National Forest Foundation presents the Cibola National Forest and Grasslands The National Forest Foundation, chartered by Congress, engages Americans in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the 193-million-acre National Forest System, administers private gifts of funds and land for the benefit of the National Forests.
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http://www.nationalforests.org/

The Forest Service manages a system of 155 national forests, 20 national grasslands, and 222 research and experimental forests, as well as other special areas, covering more than 192 million acres of public land. The Forest Service has evolved into a 30,000 employee agency that manages the national forests for a number of multiple uses, including recreation, timber, wilderness, minerals, water, grazing, fish, and wildlife.

Operating as usual

WILDFIRE AWARENESS WEEK: March 28th – April 3rdClimate change & extreme drought equal a perfect recipe for wildfire. Alw...
03/29/2021

WILDFIRE AWARENESS WEEK: March 28th – April 3rd

Climate change & extreme drought equal a perfect recipe for wildfire. Always check with local governments & fire departments for current fire information and restrictions before heading into the great outdoors.

One of the tools the Forest Service uses for sharing wildfire information with the public is Inciweb. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Learn more https://nmfireinfo.com/ #PreventWildfires #SouthwestWildfireAwarenessWeek

Learn more about wild horses and the adoption program at: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/carson/wild-horses#CarsonNF #Horses #Agri...
03/29/2021

Learn more about wild horses and the adoption program at: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/carson/wild-horses

#CarsonNF #Horses #Agriculture #wildhorses

Photos from last weeks Four State Agricultural Expo in Cortez, Colorado! Carson NF animal caretaker, Megan Print demonstrated how to gentle wild horses.

“Our forests and grasslands are one of our nation’s greatest treasures and one of the most effective natural carbon capt...
03/28/2021

“Our forests and grasslands are one of our nation’s greatest treasures and one of the most effective natural carbon captures that exist to help combat the effects of climate change,” said Secretary Vilsack. “Millions of people each year enjoy forests and grasslands, and these investments will promote public-private partnerships, tourism and recreation, protect public lands, and ensure our national forests are accessible to all. These investments will also serve as a catalyst for rural economic development and employment opportunities.”

USDA Invests $285 Million to Improve National Forest and Grassland Infrastructure

https://www.fs.usda.gov/news/releases/usda-invests-285-million-improve-national-forest-and-grassland-infrastructure

Earth Hour 2021Saturday, March 27 at 8:30 p.m.Organized by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), Earth Hour is a wor...
03/27/2021

Earth Hour 2021

Saturday, March 27 at 8:30 p.m.

Organized by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet.

Every year, at 8:30 pm on the last Saturday of March, millions of people across the world join in raising awareness of the issues facing our planet. But Earth Hour is more than just an Hour for the planet - it's a movement for our future. And it's more than just a symbol of support - it's a catalyst for urgent change.

https://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/earth-hour

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/six-fun-earth-hour-activities-200000717.html

https://www.earthhour.org

PLEASE PACK IT OUT!!!When the trash is full at a recreation site, please bring it with you. Packing out can prevent the ...
03/26/2021

PLEASE PACK IT OUT!!!

When the trash is full at a recreation site, please bring it with you. Packing out can prevent the attraction of bears, raccoons, and other animals. Leaving the trash outside the trash cans means that it gets blown all over the place.

Help keep our recreation areas safe and trash free!

🌲APPLICATION DEADLINE:  SUNDAY, MARCH 28🌲If you are 16-19 years old and love the outdoors, you can spend the summer work...
03/26/2021

🌲APPLICATION DEADLINE: SUNDAY, MARCH 28🌲

If you are 16-19 years old and love the outdoors, you can spend the summer working on a national forest as part of the Forest Stewards Youth Corps
• Application deadline is midnight this Sunday
• Season runs from June 7 – August 6
• Earn $10.50/hour
• Crews will be based in Jemez Pueblo and Mountainair, Las Vegas, Coyote, Mt. Taylor US Forest Service Ranger Stations
• Go to https://bit.ly/39j6TXB to apply
See the flyer at https://bit.ly/3cnBeGA for more info on this great program.

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03/24/2021

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Due to hazardous weather Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands District Offices may have delayed opening or closu...
03/24/2021

Due to hazardous weather Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands District Offices may have delayed opening or closures this morning.

National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook in effect until 3 p.m. today. East winds 35 to 50 mph with gusts up to 30 to 65 mph. Snow accumulation is expected across central New Mexico. Forest roads may be difficult to travel on or impassable due to snow in some areas.

Check forecasts before you head out at www.weather.gov

Check NM Road conditions at www.nmroads.com

Mt. Taylor Ranger District: 505-287-8833
Magdalena Ranger District: 575-854-2281
Mountainair Ranger District: 505-847-2990
Sandia Ranger District: 505-281-3304
Black Kettle/McClellan Creek National Grasslands: 580-497-2143
Kiowa/Rita Blanca National Grasslands: 575-374-9652
Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands Supervisor’s Office: 505-346-3900

www.fs.usda.gov/cibola

03/21/2021
RED FLAG WARNING: The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Red Flag Warning from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday...
03/21/2021

RED FLAG WARNING:
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Red Flag Warning from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday for the middle Rio Grand Valley and Sandia, Manzano and Gallinas Mts. due to strong winds, low humidity and unstable atmosphere.
https://forecast.weather.gov

#WildfirePrevention #RedFlagWarning #FireSafety

Spring is here!If you’re planning a trip to one or more of the thousands of federal recreation sites across the country,...
03/20/2021

Spring is here!

If you’re planning a trip to one or more of the thousands of federal recreation sites across the country, enjoy the convenience of purchasing a pass before your visit to cover entrance, standard amenity (day use), or other recreation fees.

Check out your options below to find the right pass for you! https://www.recreation.gov/pass

Office Closure Notice:The Black Kettle and McClellan Creek National Grasslands District Office at 18555 Hwy 47A Suite B ...
03/18/2021

Office Closure Notice:

The Black Kettle and McClellan Creek National Grasslands District Office at 18555 Hwy 47A Suite B Cheyenne, OK 73628 will be closed today March 18th due to a power outage.

Phone calls into the district line of 580-497-2143 will be affected.

Contact the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands Supervisor's Office in Albuquerque for information at 505-346-3900.

Today is Global Recycling Day, falling on March 18th each year and aims to promote the vitality of recycling across the ...
03/18/2021

Today is Global Recycling Day, falling on March 18th each year and aims to promote the vitality of recycling across the globe.

Global Recycling Day was created in 2018 to help recognize, and celebrate, the importance recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources and securing the future of our planet. It is a Day for the world to come together, and put the planet first.

The theme for 2021 is Recycling Heroes. You can learn more about Global Recycling Day 2021 on http://globalrecyclingfoundation.org

Cibola National Forest & National Grassland District Offices may have delayed opening this morning due to hazardous road...
03/17/2021

Cibola National Forest & National Grassland District Offices may have delayed opening this morning due to hazardous road conditions.

Mt. Taylor Ranger District: 505-287-8833
Magdalena Ranger District: 575-854-2281
Mountainair Ranger District: 505-847-2990
Sandia Ranger District: 505-281-3304
Black Kettle/McClellan Creek National Grasslands: 580-497-2143
Kiowa/Rita Blanca National Grasslands: 575-374-9652
Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands Supervisor’s Office: 505-346-3900
www.fs.usda.gov/cibola
Check forecasts before you head out at www.weather.gov
Check NM Road conditions at www.nmroads.com

The Capulin Snow Play Area located on Forest Road 438B, off Sandia Crest Highway 536 has CLOSED for the winter on March ...
03/16/2021

The Capulin Snow Play Area located on Forest Road 438B, off Sandia Crest Highway 536 has CLOSED for the winter on March 16, 2021.

Want to know how to prepare your home for wildfire season? Join the Home Ignition Zone Webinar hosted by Fire Adapted Ne...
03/16/2021

Want to know how to prepare your home for wildfire season? Join the Home Ignition Zone Webinar hosted by Fire Adapted New Mexico today, March 16 at 6 p.m.

Learn about simple and effective ways to reduce the risk of home ignition from flames and embers.

Guest Speaker: Jerry McAdams has over 20 years of experience working in the fire service. Jerry is a Senior Captain and NFPA Certified Wildfire Mitigation Specialist (CWMS) for the Boise Fire Department in Boise, Idaho.

Visit the Fire Adapted New Mexico Facebook event for more information: https://fb.me/e/ZrFsuHKW
#WildfirePreparedness

National forests and grasslands should be accessible and enjoyed by all.That's why we are making major investment this y...
03/15/2021

National forests and grasslands should be accessible and enjoyed by all.

That's why we are making major investment this year to improve our recreation infrastructure.

Learn more at https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/gaoa. #GreatAmericanOutdoors

Kiowa/Rita Blanca National Grasslands under Stage II Fire RestrictionsThe Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands...
03/12/2021

Kiowa/Rita Blanca National Grasslands under Stage II Fire Restrictions

The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands as issued Stage II Fire Restrictions per Order 03-0711 and attached map exhibit A within the Kiowa/Rita-Blanca Ranger District, Cibola National Forest, Harding/Colfax/Mora Counties within the State of New Mexico. This Order will be in effect at 12:00 P.M. on March 12, 2021 and shall remain in effect until December 31, 2021 or until rescinded, whichever occurs first.

PURPOSE
To reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires during periods of high fire danger and severe fire weather conditions.

PROHIBITED
• Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove; 36 CFR 261.52(a).
• Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three (3) feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of any flammable material. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(d).
• Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame. 36 CFR 261.52(i)
• Possessing or using a motor vehicle off National Forest System roads, except when parking in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway; and except for parking overnight in Forest Service developed campgrounds and trailheads.36 CFR 261.56.

THE FOLLOWING ACTS ARE PROHIBITED FROM 10.00 A.M. TO 2:00 P.M.:
Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine for felling, bucking, skidding, processing, road building and woodcutting during industrial operations or firewood gathering capable of igniting a fire. 36 C.F.R. § 261.53(e).

EXEMPTIONS
Pursuant to 36 C.F.R. §261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from the provisions in this Order:
• Persons using a stove or grill that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) fuels.
• Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of official duty.

RESTRICTED AREA
All National Forest System lands, roads and trails within the exterior boundaries of the Cibola National Forest, Kiowa/Rita-Blanca Ranger District, as depicted on the attached map at Exhibit A.

Any violation of this prohibition is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or by imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both (see 16 U.S.C. § 551, 18 U.S.C. § 3571(b)(6), 18 U.S.C. § 3581 (b)(7)).

New Mexico Fire Information at www.nmfireinfo.com.

Order 03-0711 is posted on https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/cibola/alerts-notices

Further information regarding this Order may be obtained at the Kiowa National Grasslands office located in Clayton, New Mexico, (575) 374-9652, and at the Cibola National Forest Supervisor’s Office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, (505) 346-3900.

RED FLAG WARNING:A Red Flag Warning remains in effect today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for portions of Central and Eastern N...
03/11/2021

RED FLAG WARNING:

A Red Flag Warning remains in effect today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for portions of Central and Eastern New Mexico due to strong winds, low humidity and unstable airmass. Strong winds with gusts up to 40 to 45 mph are likely through this evening across eastern and central NM. Areas of blowing dust are possible, especially across the eastern plains, which may reduce
visibility.

Fire weather watch in effect from Friday morning through Friday evening. Areas of blowing dust are possible, which may reduce visibility.

What is a Red Flag Warning? Red Flag Warnings issued by National Weather Service are alerts for ongoing or upcoming critical fire weather patterns. www.weather.gov/

#WildfirePrevention #RedFlagWarning #FireSafety

Spring this year is likely to bring warmer temperatures, windy conditions and the potential onset of wildfires on our dr...
03/11/2021

Spring this year is likely to bring warmer temperatures, windy conditions and the potential onset of wildfires on our drought-stricken landscapes. Wildfire preparedness around your home is year-round.

🍀 With Saint Patrick’s Day approaching, our message is: don’t depend on luck – be aware and prepared. Focus on creating a non-combustible 5-foot zone around your home. For more information on how to be prepared and aware, visit: https://wp.me/puHKG-5FI.
#PreventWildfires #WildfirePreparedness

What is "the Greatest Good"?"Where conflicting interests must be reconciled, the question shall always be answered from ...
03/09/2021

What is "the Greatest Good"?

"Where conflicting interests must be reconciled, the question shall always be answered from the standpoint of the greatest good of the greatest number in the long run." – Gifford Pinchot, who is generally regarded as the "father" of American conservation because of his great and unrelenting concern for the protection of the American forests.

Learn more about Gifford Pinchot: https://foresthistory.org/.../gifford-pinchot-1865-1946/

Wildland Fire Predictive Services has issued their potential outlooks through June 2021. Given the background of drought...
03/08/2021

Wildland Fire Predictive Services has issued their potential outlooks through June 2021. Given the background of drought and anticipated warmer and drier than normal conditions across the Southwest, fire potential for most of southern NM is forecast to be above normal by April 2021.

So what can you do?
Now is the time to create defensible space around your property and to create a plan in case of an emergency evacuation.

Wildland Fire Outlook:
https://www.nifc.gov/.../out.../monthly_seasonal_outlook.pdf

For more information about Defensible Space: https://www.nfpa.org/.../Wil.../Preparing-homes-for-wildfire

How do you talk to children while playing outside?Keep these phases in mind when encouraging your kids in nature. Want i...
03/05/2021

How do you talk to children while playing outside?

Keep these phases in mind when encouraging your kids in nature.

Want ideas for activities to do to connect little ones to nature? Check out the #GrowingUpWILD guide at www.projectwild.org!

USDA Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen, in the welcome address at the Potential Operational Delineations Collabora...
03/04/2021

USDA Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen, in the welcome address at the Potential Operational Delineations Collaborative Fire Planning Workshop hosted by
U.S. Forest Service - Research and Development
talked about the importance of pre-fire planning across boundaries. https://www.fs.usda.gov/.../potential-operational...

When sharing a trail, know when to yield:-Yield the right of way to those passing you from behind or traveling uphill.-M...
03/03/2021

When sharing a trail, know when to yield:
-Yield the right of way to those passing you from behind or traveling uphill.
-Motorized vehicles yield to mountain bikes, runners, hikers and horses.
-Mountain bikes yield to runners, hikers and horses.
-Runners and hikers yield to horses.
Find more sharing the trail tips here: https://treadlightly.org/.../recreati.../sharing-our-trails/

March 3 is World Wildlife Day and National Forests and Grasslands are home to all kinds of unique wildlife! Which is you...
03/03/2021

March 3 is World Wildlife Day and National Forests and Grasslands are home to all kinds of unique wildlife! Which is your favorite species?

#WorldWildlifeDay: Forests are home to 80% of all terrestrial wildlife. The ecosystems they sustain are essential to global biodiversity, human livelihoods, particularly those of Indigenous Peoples and local communities who live in or near forests, and to the broader needs of societies and economies globally. Learn more: https://www.wildlifeday.org/ #ForestsPeoplePlanet #WWD2021

#EveryKidOutdoorsDo you have a 4th-grader or 5th grader? You and your family get free access to hundreds of parks, lands...
02/26/2021

#EveryKidOutdoors

Do you have a 4th-grader or 5th grader? You and your family get free access to hundreds of parks, lands, and waters for an entire year.

https://everykidoutdoors.gov/index.htm

It is National Engineers Week February 21 thru 27! #Engineers #NationalEngineersWeek
02/26/2021

It is National Engineers Week February 21 thru 27!

#Engineers #NationalEngineersWeek

The USDA Forest Service is ready and helping in every way we can to protect our forest and grassland visitors, our commu...
02/25/2021

The USDA Forest Service is ready and helping in every way we can to protect our forest and grassland visitors, our communities, and our employees. Ending the pandemic is the overriding demand of our time. It will take all of us working together to protect and keep us all safe. https://www.fs.usda.gov/inside-fs/care-recovery

Volunteers of the 505/Elevate Cycling Team assisted Cibola NF & NGs staff in work on trails #230 and #365 in the Sandia ...
02/24/2021

Volunteers of the 505/Elevate Cycling Team assisted Cibola NF & NGs staff in work on trails #230 and #365 in the Sandia Foothills.

This work was implemented to repair sections of trail that were previously showing high rates of soil loss and erosion due to improper trail design. Due to deteriorating conditions of the trail, several alternate paths had developed on both sides creating further impacts to the area. With small scale relocations, drainage is improved therefor improving condition of the official trail, so alternatives are not created. Further erosion and sedimentation impacting local area watershed health is eliminated.

For more photos of the #230 and #365 trail work day go to: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cibola_nfg/

Amazing group of volunteers making a difference on the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands. Thank you so much for the great work.

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2113 Osuna Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM
87113

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Lost our dear family dog last night at Coal Mine Campground. She is a 15yr golden doodle, Frida - we are heartbroken! Please reach out if you find her 🙏🏼
Okay today is the 10th. Please update us on the progress of this fire. (Ojos) Please. Most of us work a long way from home with kids left at our homes due to the corona virus. We need frequent updates. Please so we can make alternative plans for our animals and kids if we need to. Please update for today before we leave our homes. Thank you in advanced.
Order Number 03-00-00-20-010, dated April 30, lists Cibola NF as having no developed recreation site closures. The webpage, however, has many. Could we have an update?
The Roberts Fire Magdalena, NM; July 14, 2019 - The Roberts Fire, in the Apache Kid Wilderness in the San Mateo Mountains, located on the Magdalena Ranger District, is a lightning caused fire that began on July 13, 2019. See attached link:https://nmfireinfo.com/…/cibola-nation…/ https://nmfireinfo.com/…/cibola-nation…/
The Roberts Fire Magdalena, NM; July 14, 2019 - The Roberts Fire, in the Apache Kid Wilderness in the San Mateo Mountains, located on the Magdalena Ranger District, is a lightning caused fire that began on July 13, 2019. See attached link:https://nmfireinfo.com/2019/07/14/cibola-national-forest-national-grasslands-roberts-fire-on-the-magdalena-ranger-district/ https://nmfireinfo.com/2019/07/14/cibola-national-forest-national-grasslands-roberts-fire-on-the-magdalena-ranger-district/
Anyone have any information on how and where I turn in YCC applications for the summer? I have a couple of boys who are interested and we can't seem to find a place to take our applications.
We are visiting from Florida and would love to know if the Capulin Snow Play Area is open? Thank you!
All Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands offices are open. Thanks to all employees, partners, and local communities for your support and patience during the government shutdown.
Any workers in the Grants area, if you need a bed or food, message me. Dinner is at 6, every night. All are welcome!
Is the sledding area open on Sandia peak?
Please provide any updates on the Capulin Snow Play Area opening. USDA FS website says "Capulin Snow Play Area will open later in the season provided an adequate amount of snow exists." The the Sandia Ranger District 505-281-3304 is closed due to the Fed Gov Furrow. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/cibola/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD486959 Thank you!
I’ll probably get lots of confrontation on this comment, but I really need to question the purpose of allowing motor bikes on ANY forest trails? This is a place of peace and quite, to enjoy nature, to hopefully see some wildlife, to smell the fresh pine and hear the wind though the trees... motorcycles on these trails just ruin the whole experience!!