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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.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for March 6, 2020.
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 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.

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

Meeting dates in 2020:

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Federal Emergency Management Agency 

Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Claunch-Pinto Soil and Water Conservation District Fuels Reduction Project, New Mexico, HMGP-DR-4197-NM Project #11

Interested persons are hereby notified that the Claunch-Pinto Soil and Water Conservation District (CPSWCD) has applied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding under Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.  FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program provides grants to states and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures that reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster.  

FEMA proposes to provide funding to CPSWCD to conduct mechanical vegetation thinning on approximately 135 acres of private lands within the Edgewood Soil and Water Conservation District (ESWCD) in Torrance County, New Mexico to reduce wildfire hazard around and adjacent to population centers, including residential neighborhoods and local infrastructure. Thinning prescriptions would be designed in accordance with existing fuel loading, topographic constraints, and the use of the Stand Density Index (SDI), to mimic the New Mexico State Forest Division desired forest fuel load conditions and forest treatment standards. The timing of treatments will be dependent on area-specific considerations and seasonal wildlife restrictions.

A draft Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to assess the potential impacts of the proposed action and alternatives on the human and natural environment in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations implementing NEPA (40 CFR Parts 1500 – 1508), FEMA’s Instruction 108-1-1 for implementing NEPA, the National Historic Preservation Act, Executive Order 11988, Executive Order 11990, and 44 CFR Part 9. The draft EA evaluates alternatives that provide for compliance with applicable environmental laws.  The alternatives evaluated include (1) no action; (2) the proposed action described above.

The draft EA is available for review and comment at the Edgewood Soil and Water Conservation District, 2506 Route 66 in Moriarty, NM, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday.  An electronic version of the draft EA can be requested from Dorothy Cook, FEMA Region 6, at dorothy.cook@fema.dhs.gov or viewed on FEMA’s website at www.fema.gov/resource-document-library. 

The comment period will end 30 days from the initial notice publication date on March 3, 2020. Written comments on the draft EA can be mailed, emailed, or faxed to Dorothy Cook, Senior Environmental Specialist, FEMA Region 6, FEMA Region 6, 800 N Loop 288, Denton, TX 76209; Email: dorothy.cook@ fema.dhs.gov. If no substantive comments are received, the draft EA will become final and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) will be issued for the project. Substantive comments will be addressed as appropriate in the final documents.

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