Group challenges restoration plan in Jemez Mountains

New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – A plan to restore about 170 square miles of overgrown forest in northern New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains is drawing criticism from one environmental group.

WildEarth Guardians has filed a formal objection to the plan by the Santa Fe National Forest. The group contends some of the activities would cause more harm than good.

The group pointed to the construction and reconstruction of 120 miles of road to access timber, saying soil and water quality would be affected.

WildEarth Guardians also claims the project violates federal environmental laws, regulations and policies.

Forest officials say the Southwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration aims to make forest more resilient to wildfire and other large-scale disturbances. The long-term project calls for a mix of logging, prescribed fire and other activities.

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