Cerro Del Aire CFRP

Stewardship Bid now open!

Bid Announcement  |  General Rx  |  Unit 12 Rx

The Forest Stewards Guild received a Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFRP) grant through Region 3 of the USDA Forest Service on state trust lands managed by the State Land Office (SLO). The project is in the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument, located near Tres Piedras off Hwy 285. 

The site is mostly piñon-juniper woodlands, with some Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir in the higher elevations of the project area. The proposed work will treat 75 acres in the Cerro Del Aire project area, primarily using a thin-from-below treatment. This treatment builds on the additional ~179 acres that have been or are in the process of being treated in the last two years. The goal is to restore forest structure and resiliency with hopes of reintroducing low intensity fire in 2018 where appropriate. The treatment can use hand crews, or be mechanized dependent on approval.

The current bid will utilize a Stewardship Approach. A Stewardship Approach, sometimes referred to as a “best value” approach, asks interested parties to provide a detailed outline of what they can provide, for how many acres, and at what cost per unit (E.g. “I can provide a 5-man crew and will hand-thin “x” number of acres for “XX” dollars.”) Review the prescriptions: 1) general direction for the treatments on all acres except unit 12, and 2) direction for the specific treatment in unit 12. In your bid, please be sure to include anything else that could be offered, including in-kind donations such as reduced rates, training, watershed improvement features, donated fuelwood, etc. We reserve the right to negotiate with multiple contractors depending on the services offered. After turning in your completed bid, expect to be contacted by April 5th from the Forest Stewards Guild. 

To continue this work on State Trust lands, the Forest Stewards Guild is looking for competitive open bids from insured businesses. For more information and to submit a bid, click here.

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The Forest Stewards Guild, working closely with the New Mexico State Land Office (SLO) and the Taos Field Office (TFO) of the Bureau of Land Management, plan to implement mechanical forest treatments needed on New Mexico State Land in the Cerro del Aire landscape near Tres Piedras, NM. The Cerro del Aire project area spans roughly 10,000 acres northeast of Tres Piedras within the larger landscape of the 242,500 acre Monument in Taos and Rio Arriba counties. The treatments will begin in January of 2017 and continue through the Spring of 2017.

This project is funded by the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFRP) and is aimed at protecting this ecologically significant landscape from the negative effects of high-intensity wildfire, drought, and climate change. In total, 250 - 300 acres of pinon-juniper, ponderosa pine, and mixed conifer forests will receive mechanical treatments on SLO and TFO lands. On TFO lands, strategic thinning will occur in a powerline corridor where current fuel loading prohibits prescribed fire and managed wildfire operations.

In the piñon-juniper and ponderosa pine ecotone, thinning and prescribed fire treatments will leave stands less susceptible to uncharacteristic stand-replacing wildfire. These treatments will also help protect ecologically significant, old, or large trees from stress and wildfire-related mortality during periods of extended drought as the climate warms.

The treatments will generate an estimated 750-850 cords of wood that will be available to the community as fuelwood through a simple permit process. This project will support an estimated 4-6 full-time restoration jobs over three years. The Forest Stewards Guild will offer opportunities for the public to learn more about the project through an ecological monitoring training and Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Peer Learning Exchange workshops for the surrounding communities.

In order to quantify if the project area has met the desired outcomes, forest monitoring will be carried out pre and post treatment beginning in December 2016. The desired ecological conditions include, reduction in small trees and basal area, increased grass cover and herbaceous understory, reduced erosion, and heterogeneous stand structure with diverse age classes, openings, and increased crown base height.