Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Trapping Rules Now In Effect; Cibola National Forest Rangers Conduct Burns In Mountains

Mountain Mail reports

The State Game Commission has officially adopted rules that went into effect on Nov. 1, and continuing for a minimum of six months, making it illegal to place, set or maintain any steel trap, conibear trap, foothold trap or snare anywhere on public land within the Gila or Apache National Forests in New Mexico, unless otherwise allowed by statute.
The prohibition will remain in place until the state game commission takes action based upon a Department study to assess the risks to Mexican Gray wolves due to trapping and a determination if some methods of trapping could be allowed that pose minimal risk of injury to the Mexican gray wolf....
The Magdalena Ranger District of Cibola National Forest is conducting prescribed burns totaling 800 to 1,000 acres in the northwestern part of the San Mateo Mountains.  Ignition began Tuesday, Nov. 16, and could continue into December, depending on weather and fuel conditions.
Prescription parameters include having the appropriate weather forecast and the required personnel and equipment on hand, including identified contingency resources.  Fire management crews will patrol for as long as necessary after ignition to ensure public safety.
The dominant fuels in the area are Ponderosa pine, mixed conifer and piƱon/juniper with light to moderate grass cover.
During this prescribed burn you could experience delays when traveling the following roads: Forest Road 220, FR 476, FR 477, FR 549, FR 719, and Bolander Canyon Road, Durfee Canyon Road, and Bear Trap Canyon road.
For more information contact the Magdalena Ranger District at 854-228. 

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