Sarah Hyden

Forest Friend commented on Study impact of thinning forests

Yes, fire is a natural occurrence in Southwestern forests. You are right that we cannot control such wildfires. There is no real evidence that prescribed fires and thinning treatments prevent or sufficiently moderate the behavior of wildfire enough to avoid "extreme" (very high intensity)…

That the forests of Northern New Mexico historically burned every 10-15 years is very much called into question by William Baker’s 2017 study "Restoring and managing low-severity fire in dry-forest landscapes of the western USA”, and others.

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Forest Friend commented on Gila should be fully protected

Thank you Melissa. I strongly agree that 450 mile part of the Gila River and its tributaries should be given an official designation as a Wild and Scenic River. And Wilderness areas should be greatly expanded throughout New Mexico. We are quickly losing our precious wild lands. I do hope …

State Forestry oversaw EQIP NRCS thinning projects, in which landowners were subsidized to thin their properties under State Forestry thinning prescriptions. The projects caused major ecological damage -- trees become unhealthy and bark beetle broke out in my community which did not have …

Richard, where have you ever seen a USFS prescription for the eastside Santa Fe National Forest that calls for 10-30% of trees to be removed? I would love to see it. Please identify the project. Every thinning prescription on the eastside SFNF I have seen calls for removal of over 90% of …

John, we all know that forests will burn, and yes fire has a natural and important place in forest ecology. But forests can and will burn without humans causing it in a widespread way. A mixed intensity fire regime is natural and beneficial for our forests and we can allow fires to burn w…

The Forest Service needs to strongly question their current forest management practices, along with the State of New Mexico. They need to do a full ecological cost/benefit analysis before continuing with their entire program of intensive thinning (normally 90% of trees are removed in thin…

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