Fewer Trees = A Win-Win for Fire Safety & Water Conservation

Despite the recent reopening of Carson National Forest—thanks to the start of Monsoon Season—the need to reduce fire hazards in Taos Ski Valley while simultaneously building up the valley’s water supply remains.

That is why a group of experts—led by The Nature Conservancy’s New Mexico Associate Director Laura McCarthy—recently provided a look at the Rio Grande Water Fund's tree-thinning efforts on


Williams Lake Trail
United States
36° 34' 15.1932" N, 105° 26' 5.1396" W

Our Mountain Our Weather

We all know the mountains as a place to go to cool down during the hot summers.  The Sangre de Cristo Mountains are a unique range among the Rocky Mountain states, a narrow band of ridges and 13,000' peaks running north-south from Colorado to Santa Fe.  To the west of the Sangres is a vast landscape of high desert mesas and deep-cut river gorges, to the east more arid high desert and grasslands.  As you get closer to the mountains from either side the landscape swiftly transitions to a wetter, cooler environment where forests and wetlands abound.  The mesas gradually climb


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