At the Rio Fernando Platica last November, many of you asked what you can do to improve the health of the Rio Fernando. So, we at the Collaborative are sending periodic emails with actions you can take to protect the river we all love.
This message is a little different. It’s full of actions you are being asked to NOT take.
We’re already feeling the effects of drought in New Mexico. Humidity is low and forests are dry. The weather is warm and high winds are expected. One spark and we could be looking at a smokey summer. Let’s not add catastrophic fire to a global pandemic and stretch first responder resources.
The Carson, Santa Fe and Cibola National Forests have implemented Stage 2 fire restrictions. New Mexico State Forestry has also implemented restrictions. Here are a few activities that are prohibited on those public lands. (Please read the restrictions for details.)
Fires, campfires, stoves
Driving off designated roads
Operating a chainsaw or other combustible engine between 10 am and 6 pm.
What you choose to do - or not - on the forest this weekend (and all summer) can make a huge difference to the Rio Fernando and the Taos Valley. Thank you for your stewardship!