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Taking the lead in New Mexico

The Claunch-Pinto Soil and Water Conservation District in Mountainair, New Mexico, was first in the nation to sign a memorandum of understanding with the USDA Forest Service and State conservation agencies. Now the district is a leader in healthy forests work in New Mexico. Fuels reduction, removal of invasive species, and reintroduction of native species and assemblages are of paramount importance to CPSWCD's conservation efforts. The work, funded by USDA Forest Service, the State Forestry office and State grants, provides a direct financial benefit to private landowners in an area with many low- and moderate-income residents. Grants have exceeded $1 million. Cost-sharing is provided to encourage fuels reduction and ecological restoration on private lands.

District Board Meetings

The next regular meeting is scheduled for November 5, 2021. If not already posted here, an agenda may be picked up in the District office located at the Natural Resource Conservation Center, 1206 South Highway 55, Mountainair, NM.  

District meetings are normally held at the Natural Resource Conservation Center, located at 1206 South Highway 55, Mountainair, NM 87036. District meetings are open to the public as described in the CPSWCD Open Meetings Resolution. Regular meetings generally occur on the first Friday of each month, at 8:00 AM. •At this time, meetings will be held by Zoom.•

All meetings are in accordance with the Open Meetings Act and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Meeting dates in 2021:

Meeting dates 2021

Prescribed Burn in Cibola National Forest, Saturday, October 30

Pending favorable conditions, fire managers on the Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands (NF & NGs) may implement the previously announced Thunderbird prescribed fire on the Mountainair Ranger District on Saturday, Oct. 30 and possibly continue Sunday Oct. 31 if necessary.

Fire crews are looking at burning 148 acres on the Thunderbird Ecosystem Management Project. The burn unit is located north of FR 275 and west of Game Road. The Cibola NF & NGs manages all prescribed fires in compliance with New Mexico state regulations on air quality and smoke management. Smoke may be visible in the surrounding areas of Game Road, Mountainair, Punta de Agua, Manzano, the Estancia Valley or west Manzano communities such as Rio Communities, Belen or Los Lunas.



District FFA Winners

Dylan Greene placed First in Forestry at the NM State FFA Contests.  Aurelleia Chavez placed 3rd in Forestry at the NM State FFA Contests. The District is very proud of these two young people.

Dylan’s Presentation

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Aurelleia’s Presentation


80 Years of Conservation: Presentation to Deer Canyon Preserve HOA
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Red Flag Warning Info — click image for full document:

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