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Reduction of hazardous fuels and forest restoration top goals of Joplin Ridge Phase II Project

Valuable watershed and infrastructure to be protected from wildfire

Santa Fe, NM – The second phase of a hazardous fuels reduction project to protect communities and prevent catastrophic wildfire in New Mexico’s Sacramento Mountains begins this fall. The Joplin Ridge Phase II project will reduce the fire risk to surrounding communities, forests, and watersheds in Otero County. It will also protect essential infrastructure, including the Sunspot Solar Observatory, Apache Point Observatory, Oliver Lee State Park, and area powerlines.

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