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.

Mission: The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service motto, "Caring for the Land and Serving People," captures the spirit of our mission, which we accomplish through five main activities: Protection and management of natural resources on National Forest System lands. Research on all aspects of forestry, rangeland management, and forest resource utilization. Community assistance and cooperation with State and local governments, forest industries, and private landowners to help protect and manage non-Federal forest and associated range and watershed lands to improve conditions in rural areas. Achieving and supporting an effective workforce that reflects the full range of diversity of the American people. International assistance in formulating policy and coordinating U.S. support for the protection and sound management of the world's forest resources.

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Smokey might be a bear, but he’s not hibernating!Check out this winter wonderland Smokey by Wisconsin-based artist Jef S...
02/19/2021

Smokey might be a bear, but he’s not hibernating!

Check out this winter wonderland Smokey by Wisconsin-based artist Jef Schobert (Snow Art Zone)!

While it might be chilly & snowy today, spring wildfire season is just around the corner so remember, #OnlyYou can prevent wildfires by staying fire smart in dry conditions.

Visit smokeybear.com/ for more wildfire prevention tips!

https://facnm.org/wildfire-preparedness

Wildfire Preparedness is Year-RoundShow your home some love by taking the time to identify vulnerable areas that need to...
02/19/2021

Wildfire Preparedness is Year-Round

Show your home some love by taking the time to identify vulnerable areas that need to be addressed before a wildfire appears. Start with the top of the structure, work down to the ground, and then work out from there. Remember: While you may not see the flames, wind can carry hot embers from burning vegetation or other materials at least a mile or more away from an active wildfire.

🍂 Protect your home from wildfire by removing leaves and pine needles from your roof, valleys in pitched roofs, gutters and deck.

🏠 Check vent screens, and keep them clear of debris. If possible, consider installing fire-resistant roofing.

🛠 Replace exterior wall coverings that are combustible, susceptible to melting, or can readily transmit heat.

Check out the full list of actions you can do to prepare and maintain your home against the threat of falling embers and flames: facnm.org/wildfire-preparedness-year-round

#WildfirePreparednessIsYearRound #FireAdapted

nmfireinfo.com/2021/02/11/wildfire-preparedness-is-year-round-show-your-home-some-love

www.fs.usda.gov/cibola

The Capulin Snow Play Area located on Forest Road 438B, off Sandia Crest Highway 536 has received some fresh snow this w...
02/18/2021

The Capulin Snow Play Area located on Forest Road 438B, off Sandia Crest Highway 536 has received some fresh snow this week.

Need to get your kids outside? Just remember to #RecreateResponsibly and #WearAMask.

The public is encouraged to purchase their day use passes ahead of time on line at www.recreation.gov. It is not necessary to print the digital day use pass for display. The cost is $3.00 per vehicle for 1 day unless you purchase the Sandia Ranger District Amenity Annual Pass for $30.00. If you have a current America the Beautiful Interagency Annual, Access, Senior, Military or Every Kid Outdoors pass, please display it on your dashboard or hang it on your rearview mirror as directed at purchase.

Slide on approved devices only: Inner Tubes, Plastic Discs & Sleds. No metal or wood allowed.

Sledding is at your own Risk. Pursuant to: 36 CFR 261.54(a), 56, 58, 58(cc). Additional Rules and Safety are posted on www Cibola National Forest Capulin Snow Play Site
https://www.fs.usda.gov/.../recr.../wintersports/recarea/..

The USDA Forest Service celebrates Black History Month DYK the first Forest Service smokejumpers were members of an all-...
02/18/2021

The USDA Forest Service celebrates Black History Month

DYK the first Forest Service smokejumpers were members of an all-Black paratrooper unit called the Triple Nickles? The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion left their mark, not only in Black history, but in the history of the Army, the Forest Service and our country. Read about their 75 year legacy. #BlackHistoryMonth

https://fs.usda.gov/features/triple-nickles-75-year-legacy

Cibola National Forest & National Grassland District Offices may have delayed opening this morning or closures for the d...
02/18/2021

Cibola National Forest & National Grassland District Offices may have delayed opening this morning or closures for the day 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: (Closed for services due to facility water leak and repairs. Closed from 2/17-2/19)
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

February is American Heart MonthPresident Lyndon B. Johnson, among the millions of people in the country who'd had heart...
02/17/2021

February is American Heart Month

President Lyndon B. Johnson, among the millions of people in the country who'd had heart attacks, issued the first proclamation in 1964. Since then, U.S. presidents have annually declared February American Heart Month.

Research has shown that walking can have a significant impact on your health by lowering your chances of heart disease. Build more opportunities to be active with walks or hikes in the forest or grasslands.

www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/fitness
www.cdc.gov/heartdisease

Cibola National Forest & National Grassland District Offices may have delayed opening this morning due to hazardous road...
02/17/2021

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

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: (Closed for services due to facility water leak and repairs. Closed from 2/17-2/19)
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

The Sandia Ranger District office located at 11776 Highway 337, Tijeras, NM 87059 will be temporarily closed to all serv...
02/17/2021

The Sandia Ranger District office located at 11776 Highway 337, Tijeras, NM 87059 will be temporarily closed to all services at this location for the week of Feb 16th – 19th due to facility damage from a water leak and required repair work.

The forest apologizes for any inconvenience to our visitors and public. We anticipate all services to resume on Monday February 22nd at the Sandia Ranger District office.

Call any of the following Ranger District Offices or the Cibola Supervisor’s office for any questions during this week:
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 (temporary closed per above)
Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands Supervisor’s Office: 505-346-3900

Updates will be posted on the Cibola website and social media sites.
www.fs.usda.gov/cibola
www.facebook.com/cibolanf
twitter.com/cibola_nf

02/16/2021
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Forest Service Seeks Comments on Proposed Mountain Coaster Project - Sandia Ranger District

The Sandia Ranger District of Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands (NF & NGs) continues to invite the public to offer comments on the proposed Mountain Coaster project. The proposed project area would be at the Sandia Peak Ski Area, near the Sandia Peak Tramway top terminal, 10 miles northeast of Albuquerque, NM. This project proposal was developed to increase multi-seasonal recreational opportunities at Sandia Peak Ski Area.

The proposal includes construction of a mountain coaster within their special use permit boundary. The proposed mountain coaster would both begin and end near the top terminal of Sandia Peak’s Ski Area’s Chair lift #2 and the top terminal of the Sandia Peak Tramway. The mountain coaster would be gravity powered with cars similar to bob sleds attached to tracks on the hillside. Guests would initially descend approximately 400 vertical feet over approximately 3,000 linear feet of track in a series of s-Shaped turns. The ride would end with an ascent back to the starting point on a cable ropeway powered return track measuring approximately 1,400 feet long. The proposed mountain coaster would cross existing ski and mountain biking trails managed by Sandia Peak Ski Area. The existing Rob’s Run ski trail and portions of the existing Fred’s Run and Inhibition ski trails would be closed to avoid conflicts between users of the existing and proposed infrastructure. In addition, four or five switchbacks on the existing Golden Eagle mountain biking trail would be rerouted to accommodate the proposed mountain coaster. No national forest service managed trails would be crossed, closed, or rerouted for the proposed mountain coaster. A terminal building would be constructed at the top of the proposed mountain coaster that would be used for mountain coaster operations and for storage and maintenance. In addition, a yurt—like structure would be constructed adjacent to terminal building to serve limited food and beverage options to guests riding the mountain coaster. The mountain coaster, terminal building, and yurt-like structure would be designed to blend with the existing infrastructure at Sandia Peak, such as chairlift towers and terminals, lodges, and other ancillary structures, in accordance with the Forest Service Built Environment Image Guide.

Information regarding this project is available on the CNF project website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56985. An interactive viewer is also available: https://arcg.is/1mLXfi.

Public Engagement: Comments will be accepted at any time. However, those posted after the close of a designated comment period may not be able to be given full consideration. Comments received by March 30, 2021 will be most helpful in assisting the Cibola NF & NGs during this scoping process.
o Written comments should be submitted to Crystal Powell, District Ranger, Sandia Ranger District, Cibola National Forest, 11776 Hwy 337, Tijeras, NM, 87059, Attention: Bryan West

o Electronic comments, including attachments, can be submitted to: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=56985

Please include:
o Your name, address, telephone number, organization represented, if applicable
o The proposed action - Sandia Peak Ski Area Mountain Coaster Project
o Specific facts and supporting reasons for your considerations

Here are some tips to consider while commenting:
o Comments should be clear, concise, and relevant to the analysis of the documents. Take the time to organize your thoughts so your comments are understood.
o Comments that are solution-oriented and provide specific examples will be more effective than those that simply oppose the statement the comment relates to.
o Commenting is not a form of “voting” on an alternative. The number of negative comments an agency receives does not prevent an action from moving forward. Numerous comments that repeat the same basic message of support or opposition will typically be responded to collectively.

This scoping period is intended to provide information to the public. Comments and input from the public are greatly encouraged. Please note that this is not the official comment period. If this project is deemed categorically excluded from documentation, no official comment period will occur. If an...

UPDATE: Supervisor and District Office closure statusDue to winter weather advisory, Cibola National Forest & National G...
02/16/2021

UPDATE: Supervisor and District Office closure status

Due to winter weather advisory, Cibola National Forest & National Grassland Supervisor's Office and District Offices have updated to closed for today.

Mt. Taylor Ranger District: 505-287-8833 (CLOSED for Today)
Magdalena Ranger District: 575-854-2281 (CLOSED for Today)
Mountainair Ranger District: 505-847-2990 (CLOSED for Today)
Sandia Ranger District: 505-281-3304 (CLOSED for Today)

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 (CLOSED for Today)
www.fs.usda.gov/cibola

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

Check NM Road conditions at www.nmroads.com

In Celebration of Presidents DaySince its founding and the support from President Theodore Roosevelt, the USDA Forest Se...
02/15/2021

In Celebration of Presidents Day

Since its founding and the support from President Theodore Roosevelt, the USDA Forest Service has maintained a relationship with the office of the highest elected official in the country. In celebration of Presidents Day, we highlight some of that rich history with photos.

President George W. Bush, joined by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, second from right, is briefed by U.S. Forest Service Regional Forester Randy Moore, right, July 17, 2008, in Redding, California, during President Bush's tour to survey the wildfire damage in Northern California. White House photo by Eric Draper.

President Barack Obama speaks with USDA Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell (L), as Colonel Chris Crawford, US Air Force (2nd R), and General William Shelton, US Air Force, stand by after arriving at Colorado Springs Municipal Airport on June 29, 2012, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Photo courtesy of Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/inside-fs/out-and-about/us-presidents-and-forest-service

In Celebration of Presidents Day on Monday February 15thSince its founding and the support from President Theodore Roose...
02/15/2021

In Celebration of Presidents Day on Monday February 15th

Since its founding and the support from President Theodore Roosevelt, the USDA Forest Service has maintained a relationship with the office of the highest elected official in the country. In celebration of Presidents Day, we highlight some of that rich history with photos.

President George H.W. Bush in 1992, announcing the Presidential Proclamation to preserve, protect and restore giant sequoia groves within the Sequoia National Forest. The president traveled to the forest for this historic event to sign this agreement, securing the future of the magnificent sequoia trees. USDA Forest Service photo by Heidi Hosler.

President Bill Clinton at the Giant Sequoia National Monument. USDA Forest Service photo.

USDA Forest Service photo.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/.../us-presidents-and-forest-service

In Celebration of Presidents Day on Monday February 15thSince its founding and the support from President Theodore Roose...
02/12/2021

In Celebration of Presidents Day on Monday February 15th
Since its founding and the support from President Theodore Roosevelt, the USDA Forest Service has maintained a relationship with the office of the highest elected official in the country. In celebration of Presidents Day, we highlight some of that rich history with photos.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower with Smokey Bear, date unknown.

President John F. Kennedy at the conclusion of the Grey Towers dedication ceremony, Sept. 1963. Crowd touring Grey Towers, ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot, first Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, donated to the Forest Service on May 21, 1963. USDA Forest Service photo by by Bluford Muir.

USDA Forest Service photo.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/inside-fs/out-and-about/us-presidents-and-forest-service

Wildfire Preparedness is Year-RoundShow your home some love With most of Northern New Mexico in extreme drought, the 202...
02/11/2021

Wildfire Preparedness is Year-Round
Show your home some love

With most of Northern New Mexico in extreme drought, the 2021 fire season could begin as early as late March or early April.
New Mexicans are encouraged to recognize that in our changing climate, wildfire preparedness must be a year-round effort. In honor of a new 2021 wildfire preparedness campaign with our partners and with Valentine’s Day approaching, our message for February is: show your home some love.

According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), 58,250 wildfires burned 10.3 million acres across the U.S. in 2020, the largest number of acres impacted within a year. As our seasons trend warmer and drier wildfire can happen at any time, which means New Mexicans need to prepare and maintain their homes against the threat of falling embers and flames.

Show your home some love by taking the time to identify vulnerable areas that need to be addressed before a wildfire appears. And remember, while you may not see the flames, wind can carry hot embers from burning vegetation or other materials at least a mile or more away from an active wildfire.

Start with the top of the structure, work down to the ground, and then work out from there.
• Check your roof. Houses with wood shake or shingle roofs are more likely to be destroyed during a wildfire. If possible, consider installing fire-resistant roofing material, such as asphalt composition shingles, metal, concrete or clay tile. A damaged roof with missing shingles and plastic skylights can also give hot embers from a wildfire an easy entry point. Maintain flat roofs, ensuring no cracks or exposed sublayers exist.
• Clear your rain gutters, flat roofs, and valleys in pitched roofs. Remove pine needles, leaves, or other materials from that may have accumulated over the winter. Embers can easily ignite in dried out debris.
• Check your vents. Consider changing out standard ¼-inch mesh with 1/8-inch metal wire mesh (if building codes and required air flow allow) to prevent wildfire embers from penetrating attics, eaves, and crawl spaces. Keep vents clear from debris and do not plant shrubs underneath or in front of vents.
• What about walls? Replace exterior wall coverings that are combustible, susceptible to melting, or can readily transmit heat with noncombustible or fire-resistant materials.
• Windows can be a weak point. Dual-paned windows with tempered glass will resist greater fire intensities than single pane windows.
• Clean your deck. Remove debris from under your deck and from the gaps between deck boards. Replace wooden lattice with properly vented solid skirting or with 1/8-inch wire mesh to keep embers out.
• Don't store firewood, gas cans, lawn mowers, cardboard or other combustible materials next to your home. Move these items at least 5-feet away from the outside walls of the house.
• Landscaping could light up your home. Think about replacing flammable plants with fire resistant species and replace wood chips with decorative rock for ground cover.

The Cibola NF & NGs is working with our partners to build a 2021 wildfire preparedness calendar and share the message across multiple platforms, including social media, webinars and community events. Bookmark the wildfire preparedness webpage to follow the campaign throughout the year.
https://facnm.org/wildfire-preparedness

Check out these helpful links for more information:
http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SFD/FireMgt/FirePreventionandOutreachProgram.html
https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Firewise/Fact-sheets/FirewiseFactSheetsRoofingMaterials.ashx
https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Firewise/Fact-sheets/FirewiseFactSheetsAtticsCrawlSpaces.ashx
https://www.firesafemarin.org/images/documents/resources/Vulnerability-of-Vents-to-Wind-Blown-Embers_IBHS.pdf

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2113 Osuna Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM
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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!!