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Calf Canyon/Hermit’s Peak Fire

In April of 2022, New Mexico experienced its largest and most devastating fire in the state’s history. The Calf Canyon and Hermit’s Peak Fires merged into a blaze that lasted for months, claiming over 340,000 acres of private and federal land, homes and structures. The fire also threatens the Gallons watershed, an important local water supply for businesses and residents within San Miguel and Mora Counties. The fire was finally contained and put out by late summer 2022, leaving behind hundreds of displaced families and destroyed homes.

Soon after the fire was declared contained, WSR began discussions with the NRCS and local forest services in San Miguel and Mora Counties to begin reclamation work on the burn scar. By September 18th, WSR crews were on the ground running and helicopters in the sky. Local landowners partnered with WSR to allow our logging crews access to their land in order to harvest burnt material in the area and fly it directly to the surrounding burn scars. In a matter of weeks, WSR covered over 8,000 acres in mulch and native seed. The work will continue in Spring of 2023.

PROJECT:

Calf Canyon/Hermit’s Peak Fire – Aerial Seeding and Mulching

CLIENT:

Natural Resources Conservation Service

LOCATION:

Las Vegas, New Mexico

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