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Laws, legislation or other legal aspects of watersheds.
U.S. Forest Service says two-thirds of its budget couyld go to fighting wildfires by 2025
August 4, 2015 article in Washington Post
Law and Legislation
Laws, legislation or other legal aspects of watersheds.
Federal Forest Resource Coalition Weekly Report
Newsletter for the week of November 9, 2012, including an election summary & headlines: "Bipartisan Group of Senators Call for Better Forest Management", "Peterson Calls for Quick Farm Bill Action", "In Shocking Development, Thinning Project Tames Fire Behavior", "Washington GOP Members Call for Better Forest Management", "Francis Marion NF Begins Plan Revision"
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Briefing Paper: NEPA Demystified
Briefing Paper created by The Greater Santa Fe Fireshed, as part of a series seeking to address foundational knowledge of fire ecology, wildlife and water resources.
Western Regional Partnership Natural Resources Committee Updates, April-May 2012
Attached are the latest (April 6-May 2) WRP Natural Resources Committee related updates for your reference and use. If you have any related updates you would like to share with the Committee, please email them to for the next update.
The Rising Cost of Wildfire Operations: Effects on the Forest Service's Non-Fire Work
USFS Report released August 4, 2015
Water Town Hall Final Report
New Mexicans want a balanced water policy that plans for future shortages, expands water storage and reuse, addresses legal issues and protects environmental resources. They want to explore new water sources, including potential of cleaning up brackish water in our aquifers. They also want to improve the ways the state finances water projects.
The Rising Cost of Wildfire Operations
Link to home page for a 2015 US Forest Service Report
Environmental Flows Bulletin Dec 2012
In this issue of Environmental Flows Bulletin, the Utton Center presents stories from three of the state's most important rivers: the Rio Grande, the Gila, and the Pecos. We also offer voices and perspectives critical to understanding the complexity of water in New Mexico-and the challenges the state faces in a time of drought and climate change.
From Ideas to Action: A Guide to Funding and Authorities for Collaborative Forestry
Rural Voices For Conservation publication presents a menu of Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service tools and programs available to implement land stewardship on public and private lands, while providing insider tips and lessons learned.
Healthy Forests Initiative and Healthy Forests Restoration Act: Interim Field Guide
This Field Guide is designed to help resource managers understand the changes in procedures and processes under the HFI and HFRA. It briefly summarizes the various HFI tools that have become available. The guide does not address all HFI tools directly. Its primary focus is on the expedited processes provided in Title I of the HFRA for hazardous-fuel treatment on NFS and BLM lands.
China and the Global Market for Forest Products
Transforming Trade to Benefit Forests and Livelihoods - March 2006
Hanging in the Balance: Why Our Rivers Need Water and Why We Need Healthy Rivers (Audobon NM)
In June, Audubon New Mexico completed a reader-friendly brochure on environmental flows restoration. Titled "Hanging in the Balance: Why our rivers need water and why we need healthy rivers," it includes information on environmental flows, the economic benefits of health rivers to New Mexico, and an overview on a recent EPA-funded study about which rivers in the state are most in need of environmental flows restoration. The brochure also details two collaborative projects currently underway as well as recommendations for restoring elements of natural flow patterns to New Mexico's rivers.
Technical Symposium Videos: Responsible Forest Management on Watershed Health
"Examining the Effects of Responsible Forest Management on Watershed Health" Technical Symposium Videos Now Available Online - May 29th The symposium, co-hosted by SAF, the American Forest Foundation, the Environmental Law Institute, the National Alliance of Forest Owners, Plum Creek, the US Forest Service, and Southern Lumber Manufacturers Association, featured keynote speaker Honorable Benjamin H. Grumbles (President, Clean Water America Alliance), and administrative, legal, and scientific panels in exploring forest connections to the Clean Water Act. Videos of each of the panels, along with the keynote address, can be found at this link.
Multi-State Salinity Coaltion 2013 Summit Agenda
The goal of the MSSC is to effectively foster communication and dialogue on related desalination and salinity management-related policy matters through quarterly meetings, correspondence, and the development, sponsorship and presentation of an annual national desalination and salinity management summit for local, regional, and national leaders. The Opening Keynote Presentation on Thursday, February 14, 2013 will be given by Mr. Michael Gabaldon, Director, Technical Resources, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation. The Luncheon Keynote Speaker is Jorge Arroyo, Director, Innovative Water Technologies, Texas Water Development Board and Opening Keynote Presentation on Friday, February 15, 2013 will be given by Mr. Richard Nagel, General Manager, West Basin Municipal Water District.
25x'25 Weekly Resource
A source of information on agricultural and forestry renewable energy and climate change solutions.
Forests and Watersheds: A Newsletter for Decision-Makers
Issue No. 1, July 2014. Published by the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute.
Community Forest Program (CFP) Request for Applications - due 01/13/17
This is a competitive grant program whereby local governments, qualified nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for grants to establish community forests through fee simple acquisition of private forest land from a willing seller. The purpose of the program is to establish community forests by protecting forest land from conversion to non-forest uses and provide community benefits such as sustainable forest management, environmental benefits including clean air, water, and wildlife habitat; benefits from forest-based educational programs; benefits from serving as models of effective forest stewardship; and recreational benefits secured with public access. All local government and qualified nonprofit organization applications must be submitted to the State Forester of the State where the property is located. All tribal applications must be submitted to the equivalent Tribal government official. Applications are due to the State Forester or the appropriate Tribal official by January 13, 2017. For NM: Donald Griego, Deputy State Forester: (505) 476-3325. For AZ: Jeff Whitney, State Forester: 602-771-1400. Applicants are encouraged to contact and work with the Forest Service Southwestern Region and State Forester or equivalent Tribal government official when developing their proposal. Applicants must consult with the State Forester or equivalent Tribal government official prior to requesting technical assistance for a project. All applicants must also send an email to communityforest@ to confirm an application has been submitted for funding consideration. State Foresters and Tribal government officials shall submit applications, either electronic or hardcopy, to the Forest Service Region.
Keeping Water in Traditional Communities
There's a movement afoot in the acequia community to keep water flowing for traditional uses. While it doesn't necessarily relate to environmental flows, the environmental community may find inspiration-or at the very least, better understand rural communities, the challenges they face, and their attempts at protecting the waters flowing through acequias and ditches.
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