All-Hands All-Lands Burn Team (AHAL) is a collaborative effort between The Nature Conservancy of New Mexico, the Rio Grande Water Fund, the Forest Stewards Guild, and many others to accelerate the return of fire to the frequent fire ecosystems in the Water Fund landscape.
The goal of the AHAL is to get ahead of prescribed fire backlogs on federal, state, and tribal lands and support private landowner’s use of prescribed fire.
To do this we created the All-Lands Burn Team to add capacity to existing efforts and to serve as a stand-alone organization that can complete burns with insured and qualified burn bosses. We also mobilize seasonal burn teams consisting of a mix of red-carded contractors, staff, and volunteers to amplify knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Lastly we engage the public through stories, photos and opportunities for involvement, to raise awareness for forests and watersheds.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 07, 2019
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Multi-jurisdictional Prescribed Fire Planned for Cerro Del Aire Collaborative Forest Restoration Project Landscape.
Santa Fe, NM – The Forest Stewards Guild (FSG), working closely with the New Mexico State Land Office (SLO) and the Taos Field Office (TFO) of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), have been preparing the multi-jurisdictional Cerro del Aire landscape, located 7 miles from Tres Piedras, NM, for a prescribed burn since 2016.
This Collaborative Forest Restoration Program project is aimed at protecting soil integrity, maintaining forest health and reducing wildfire risk to nearby communities. The checker-boarded ownership of the land in the project area makes implementing forest restoration, prescribed fire, and managed wildfire challenging. A solution for land managers like the SLO and the TFO is to coordinate their treatments, and work together toward the shared goal of increasing forest health and creating resilient forests and communities in Northern New Mexico.
The forests in the Cerro Del Aire landscape are adapted to fire and need low-intensity burns to remain healthy and reduce the risk of a catastrophic wildfire that could threaten nearby communities. A prescribed burn is planned for this week with ignitions beginning on Tuesday, October 8th (weather dependent). The burn team will be led by the BLM and will be comprised of qualified wildland firefighters from the SLO, FSG and the BLM. In addition, the Forest Stewards Fire and Fuels Youth Crew will aid in the operations. This crew is part of a program that prepares participants for careers in natural resource management by providing them with training, certifications and hands-on experience. The youth are qualified to National Wildfire Coordinating Group wildland firefighting standards.
Smoke will be closely monitored during the burn in compliance with the NM Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau standards. Smoke may settle overnight in the surrounding areas including Tres Piedras, Carson, Pilar, Taos, Lama, and Questa but should disperse the following morning. Smoke-sensitive individuals can borrow a HEPA filter for use in their homes for the duration of the burn from the Forest Stewards Guild at no cost. Information on smoke, human health, and the HEPA Filter Loan Program can be accessed here, https://facnm.org/smoke#smokeanchor5.
For more information call/text 505-470-0185.
Spring 2019 Summary
Copper Hill RX
Following years of work conducting analysis and treatments in a complex mix of ponderosa and pinon and juniper forests on State Trust Land near Penasco, NM the Copper Hill Rx continued the work of the 2017 Rio Trampas TREX and returned fire to these forests in June 2019. A diversity of collaborators came together over 5 days to complete 500 acres of burning with a wide range of fire effects that were appropriate for the diversity of forest types. This prescribed fire was a success in using a flexible team of diverse partners to get fire on the ground to benefit forests and the communities nearby and down stream.
Aztec Springs RX
Tent Rocks Rx
In June 2019 All Hands All Lands Partners supported the Santa Fe National Forest on a 1350 acre burn near Tent Rocks in New Mexico. AHAL provided a fully staffed engine with partners from Chama Peak Land Alliance, and others to patrol active fire line on the burn.
View our summary of Fall 2018
Press - Spring 2019
The AHAL Burn Team is continuing to work with partners on spring burn opportunities to reduce hazardous fuels and return fire to fire adapted ecosystems. For information about wildland fire smoke and HEPA filters, visit the smoke page.
Press - Winter 2019
Press - Fall 2018
The AHAL Burn Team is working with partners in to leverage resources to return fire to fire adapted ecosystems and reduce hazardous fuels.
10/26/2018: Prescribed Fire Innovation - All Hands All Lands Burn Team completed burns at Taos Ski Valley and Carson National Forest and is now supporting burning with the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service.
11/26/2018: Santa Clara Pueblo Prescribed Burn, Puye Cliffs November 28 - 30.
Join the Burn Team
Are you a wildland firefighter or prescribed fire practitioner? Interested in volunteering to be part of the All-Hands All-Lands Burn Team to help put good fire on the ground, gain experience, and work on your qualifications? Fill out the form below to indicate your interest, availability, qualifications, and any training needs.
Potential Burn Projects
Use the form below to enter information about potential burn projects so that burns in the Rio Grande Water Fund landscape can be prioritized.
About the Rio Grande Water Fund:
The Rio Grande Water Fund invests in the restoration of forested lands upstream so we can secure pure fresh water. Our goal is to generate sustainable funding over the next 20 years to proactively increase the pace and scale of forest restoration, including the most high-risk areas in the Rio Grande watershed. This innovative project offers a solution that can bring clean water and outdoor opportunities to New Mexicans for generations to come.