New Mexico Prescribed Fire Council
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New Mexico Prescribed Burning Act - History and Update
In 2016, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed House Memorial 49 (see link below). In 2019, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed House Memorial 42 (see link below). This memorial called for a working group to convene and study how the use of prescribed fire could be expanded in New Mexico. Results of the effort (see report link below) were submitted to the Legislature on July 1, 2020. In combination with these efforts, House Bill 57 (see link below) was introduced into the 2021 New Mexico legislative session. The draft legislation received strong support from stakeholders across the state during the session and likewise, broad bipartisan support in both the NM House and Senate chambers. Following passage from lawmakers, the bill was sent to the Governor's office for signature on March 18, 2021. It is our understanding that the Act is in affect now in New Mexico even though the rules are still being developed. See the final version of the bill below. The draft rules governing the Act are posted below. Comments to the NM Forestry Division on the draft rules are due December 14. Stay tuned for more information...
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Next Monthly Meeting
June 15, 2022
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Meetings will be every other month on the third Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
All are welcome to attend.
Contact Eytan Krasilovsky (email@example.com) for conference call/Zoom information.
Opportunities to Burn and More...
Three Opportunities to Participate in Rx Burning in the Zuni Mountains
October 2021 - Spring 2022
1) Prescribed fire participant; 2) Prescribed burn observer; or 3) Join field tour (Saturday, October 16, 2021).
For more information, see link to Zuni Mountains Collaborative below:
Would you like to hear about opportunities to participate in prescribed burns?
Register using the link below to be notified of cooperative prescribed fire opportunities in New Mexico...
2021 Annual Meeting (held March 2022)
March 25, 2022
Silver City, New Mexico
Grant County Extension Office
2610 N. Silver Street
In-person and virtual attendance.
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Summary: Thanks to everyone who attended the 2021 New Mexico Prescribed Fire Council Meeting last week. We had about 30 people attend what was a great event. For those of you that couldn’t make it, below is a link to view the recording of the meeting. A special thanks to all our presenters – keynote speakers Josh Hall of the US Forest Service & Kerry Jones of the New Mexico Environmental Department, Mike Caggiano of the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, Rachel Foe from Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation, Sam Berry from Forest Stewards Guild, and Brad Ashram from Glorieta Adventure Camps. Without you all, this meeting would not have been able to happen. Thanks for sharing your expertise and knowledge.
2020 Annual Meeting
NM Rx Fire Council - Annual Meeting
Friday, December 11, 2020 (Virtual)
Morning Session 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon Session 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
2019 Annual Meeting
Friday, December 13, 2019
Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center
San Juan TREX
Prescribed Fire Training Exchange
San Juan Mountains, CO
September 10 - 24, 2019
Fort Union Ranch Rx Fire Training
NM Rx Fire Council Annual Meeting
November 29, 2018
Socorro County Annex, 198 Neal Street, Socorro, NM
Northeast Prescribed Fire Workshop
April 20-21, 2018
Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge
See Flyer below for more details
Fort Union Ranch Prescribed Fire Workshop
Hands on prescribed fire opportunity! Our goal is to provide landowners with exposure to the skills necessary to successfully implement prescribed fire on private land. Join Fort Union Ranch, High Plains Grasslands Alliance, and the Forest Stewards Guild for a prescribed fire workshop on May 17-19, 2019 at the Fort Union Ranch, Watrous, NM.
Friday, May 17, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Introductions, Training, and Site Preparation
Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Burn Day (i.e., get a drip torch in your hand)
Sunday, May 19, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fire Line Management and Mop Up
For more information and to RSVP contact: Katie (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kendal (email@example.com)
2017 Annual Meeting
Friday, December 1, 2017
Albuquerque Fire Department Training Academy
Prescribed Fire Training Exchange - Luera TREX
May 30 - June 10, 2017
Luera Mountains, South-Central New Mexico
Gain fireline experience. See link below for more information
Prescribed Fire Training and Demonstration
NMSU Corona Range and Livestock Research Center
Dormant and Growing Season Burns - 2017
Sponsored by NMSU Cooperative Extension and NM Prescribed Fire Council
Are you interested in learning how to actually use prescribed fire as a management tool on your private property? Maybe you attended one of our prescribed fire workshops and gained valuable knowledge. However, there is a significant leap between classroom learning and drip torch lighting. We invite you to join us at the NMSU Corona Range and Livestock Research Center where you will have an opportunity to get a drip torch in your hand and gain firsthand experience in the skills necessary to safely and successfully use fire as a management tool. To register for the prescribed fire training contact Doug Cram, 575-646-8130, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prescribed Fire Council Learning Exchange
February 13-14, 2017
State Forestry Socorro District Office
1701 Enterprise, Socorro, NM
See link below for more information
NM Private Landowner Using Rx Fire to Manage Forest
‘Tree Hugger’ Has Burning Passion for Forest HealthSanta Fe New Mexican, Dec. 3, 2016.
New Mexico Prescribed Burning Workshop - Chama
Chama Senior Center
Thursday, July 14, 2016
The New Mexico Prescribed Fire Council, NM State Forestry, and the Chama Peak Land Alliance have partnered to host a regional workshop for the benefit of anyone interested in using fire as a management tool on their private land. Using prescribed fire on private lands can be challenging. Landowners may not have the information, labor, equipment, and expertise necessary to conduct prescribed burns in a safe and confident manner. Join us for our workshop where experienced burners and folks knowledgeable on what it takes to set up and implement burns will talk about the following subjects:
* NM State Laws and How They Pertain to Rx Burning
* NM Smoke Management Program
* Basic Weather Issues Related to Rx Burning
* Basic Burn Plan Requirements
* Fire Effects - What Can I Expect After Fire? How Will Vegetation Respond to Fire?
* Acequia Burning
* Pile Burning 101
* Liability Issues and Insurance Avenues
* Rx Fire Funding Assistance and Opportunities
For additional questions, contact NM State Forestry Chama District (575-588-7831).
Additional regional workshops are being considered. Contact the Council if you think a workshop in your region would be useful.
Rx Fire Memorial at 2016 NM Legislature
A memorial introduced by Representative Candy Spence Ezzell from District 58 promoting the continued use of prescribed fire in a safe and controlled manner to enhance natural landscapes and to support NM agriculture was read at the 2016 NM Legislature. See the full memorial here...
New Mexico Prescribed Burning Workshop - New Mexico & Arizona Borderlands
Geronimo Event Center at Chiricahua Desert Museum - just north of Rodeo, NM
February 18, 2016
The New Mexico Prescribed Fire Council, Arizona Prescribed Fire Council, Malpai Borderlands Group, Hidalgo Soil & Water Conservation District, and the Whitewater Draw Natural Resources Conservation District hosted a regional workshop for the benefit of anyone interested in using fire as a management tool on their private land. In addition to useful information being presented about Rx fire, the collaborative effort between NM and AZ allowed participants to compare and contrast prescribed fire policies between the two states. Thank you to our hosts!
New Mexico Prescribed Burning Workshop - Capitan
Lincoln County Fairgrounds
October 29, 2015
The New Mexico Prescribed Fire Council hosted a second regional workshop for the benefit of anyone interested in using fire as a management tool on their private land. The workshop concluded with a presentation and picture tour of Sid Goodloe's ranch. He presented a history of the ranch and his use of Rx fire. Rain precluded a planned field trip of the ranch. Thank you Sid and Cheryl! Lunch was generously provided by the South Central Mountain RC&D and the Upper Hondo Soil and Water Conservation District - thank you!
New Mexico Prescribed Burning Workshop - Wagon Mound
Wagon Mound Public School
July 16, 2015
The New Mexico Prescribed Fire Council held a regional workshop for the benefit of anyone interested in using fire as a management tool on their private land. Sixty four people attended. The workshop concluded with a tour of Greg Moore's ranch to see where he has used Rx fire in the past. Thanks to the Moore family for their hospitality. Lunch was provided by the Mora-Wagon Mound Soil & Water Conservation District, Tierra y Montes Soil & Water Conservation District, and Adelante Resource Conservation & Development Council. Thank you.
Workshop Summary and PerspectiveMike Caggiano, South Central Mountain RC&D, attended the workshop and provided this summary and perspective: It's About Being Proactive and Making Investments