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Mexican Spotted Owl

Let's Talk Firewood And The Health Of NM Forests

Nov 6, 2019
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  Let’s Talk NM 11/7 8a: It’s getting colder outside, and many New Mexicans will soon be stacking up firewood for heat, or just to give their homes a cheery glow. But where does the firewood come from? Who’s selling it? And why did a federal judge prohibit collection on U.S. Forest Service land earlier this year? We’re talking about the firewood industry in New Mexico - how it's affected by protection of the Mexican spotted owl, the people who make their living harvesting wood, and folks who rely on it for heat. And we want to hear from you! Do you heat your home with firewood? Do you collect your wood from public lands, or do you buy from a wood dealer who does? Email LetsTalk@KUNM.org, tweet using #LetsTalkNM, or call in live during the show.

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A judge has lifted a ban on permits for gathering firewood on national forests in New Mexico, just a couple of weeks after halting all timber management and saying the federal government needed to do more to protect the Mexican spotted owl.

Shaula Hedwall / US Forest Service

A judge has ruled that federal agencies have failed to monitor the threatened Mexican Spotted Owl population. The ruling stops prescribed burns and forest thinning in all of New Mexico’s National Forests to prevent accidental destruction of the owl’s habitat.