Rio Grande Valley Broadband • Entered by Susan Ostlie on March 30, 2021

Zuni Mt. CFLRP All Hands Meeting

March 31, 2021

Participants and Hours

Pre Planning hours 0.5
Post Admin hours 1
Activity Hours 1.5
Participants 2
Total Hours 4.5

Key Issue: Public Lands Health & Protection
Activity Type: Education & Outreach (tabling, films & lectures, regional B-walks/works)
Key Partners: Forest Stewards Guild; Mt. Taylor RD, NM Native Plant Society, Cottonwood Gulch Foundation, Mt.Taylor/Zuni Mt. Collaborative members, NM Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute, etc.

Short Description of Activity

This urgent meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the Zuni Mtns. CFLR project extension application. Help secure an additional 5 years of project funding to extend the social and ecological benefits within the landscape by contributing your feedback to this application.

Reflection/Evaluation

Since this is happening tomorrow, I can’t reflect yet, but this is a group that has been together for many years, and gets along very well. I do plan to bring up the issue seen in Oregon 2020 wildfires in dry mixed conifer and Ponderosa Pine forests that the bigger the openings in restoration projects, the more damage was done to the areas that had been thinned. This was because the ground dried out in the larger openings, and therefore the fire climbed into the crowns more quickly. Therefore, I will encourage the group to consider researching these findings and ow modifying the size of the restoration openings. I know that the forest hydrologist agrees with me on this issue. Let’s hope the funding to finish this project is extended. It is a small, but well managed CFLRP, in my opinion. I will try to obtain the recording of the PIELC group on the 2020 Oregon Wildfire Season to share with the group.

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