FW Land Thinning Grant Information

Updates on Land Clearing Grants

April -Taos County has hired private forester Jack Carpenter to take the lead on developing treatment plans for each of the properties selected for assistance with this grant. Jack is hoping to have these treatment plans completed by the end of April.

May - Jack, Morris Harrel or J.R. Logan will be in touch with individual landowners once treatment plans are completed. They will discuss the plan with each landowner, and ask each to sign a form consenting to allow the work to happen on their properties per the treatment plan.  Taos County also intends to solicit proposals from thinning contractors in May. This will include a site visit with the interested contractors in May.

June -Contracts will be awarded in June.

July -They expect work to begin in July.



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We recently received information on the Grants that residents in the Valle applied for last year. J.R. Logan updated the following with Ellen Robberson. 

"Valle Escondido and Taos County have secured a $400,000 grant from the State of New Mexico that will be used to thin up to 160 acres of private land in order to reduce the risk of wildfire. Landowners who submitted an application last year should expect to hear from a county representative in late spring, and thinning work in Valle Escondido should begin in late summer/early fall."

If you have any questions on the grants, please contact Ellen Robberson: 469-222-6433  or [email protected]

The selection committee, after determining where funding would be best spent, will notify landowners that applied and also request letters of commitment for joint treatment development of land at that time.