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The City and the War Machine: Crosshairs on People and Public Lands. ... In the 1990s, a battle raged over military use of the Owyhee Canyonlands of Idaho, Oregon and Nevada. The aggressor was the state of Idaho under Gov. Cecil Andrus, fronting for the Air Force. Cece, who had been Interior Secretary under Jimmy Carter, was hell bent on a new Bombing Range amid some of the most remote country in the lower 48 states. Counter Punch

Bear Mountain Cibola blogspot

Feb 29, 2015 - Kirtland special ops training in county continues

Aug 14, 2014 -
Opposed to Army taking land

May 29, 2014 -
Airforce Conducts Training Tour (Chieftain)

October, 216 2014 Military study looks at area needs  

June 2010 - Magdalena Ranger District Travel management analysys process

June 2014 - Kirkland exercises press release

March 5, 2014 - Media tour of Cibola exercise sites  

Aug 14, 2014 - Opposed to taking land (Chieftain letter)  

Oct 16, 2014 - Military study looks at areas needs (Chieftain)    

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July 4, 2022 - The Key Impacts of Livestock Production Upon the Land. CounterPunch

December 24, 2021 - Grizzlies Need Your Help: Tell the Forest Service to Keep Cows Out of Wilderness. CounterPunch

March 13, 2021 -
Livestock and Deforestation in the American West. CounterPunch

Decemb er 20, 2020 - The Forest Service proposes to restore riparian, aquatic, and wetland habitat on the Carson, Cibola, and Santa Fe National Forests, and the Kiowa Grasslands in New Mexico by implementing a variety of restoration activities. Forest Service

December 2, 2020 -
Federal Grazing Fees: the Hidden Subsidy. CounterPunch

May 22, 2020 -
Environmental assessment and draft decision notice Finding of No Significant Impact for the Military Training Exercises Project on the Mount Taylor, Magdalena, Mountainair, and Sandia Ranger Districts of the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands.
Download Letter

April 2, 2020 -
Socorro County Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Download   Magdalena specific info. Download

February 18, 2019 -
How the Military is Raiding Public Lands and Civilian Spaces Across the Western Front. CounterPunch  

December 4, 2019 -
New Mexico Wild Newsletter   Download  

November 5, 1029 -
Report on Forest Plan webinar:
Presentation slides  
How to write a letter to the editor  
Sample letters to Forest offices of
Cibola.docx    Carson.docx    Santa Fe.docx

November 2, 2019 -
Learn How to Comment on New Mexico's Forest Plans!
Please join us for a webinar from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, that will provide you with background on the draft management plans for the Carson, Cibola, and Santa Fe National Forests and guidance on how to effectively submit your comments to each forest.  Register Here 
Download Press Release

October 25, 2019 -
Fire and Logging Myths. CounterPunch  

October 24, 2019 -
USDA Forest Service Resumes Select Timber Management Activities
... Court approves stipulation modifying the injunction on certain activities in New Mexico and Arizona. Download press release

October 24, 2019 -
Spotted Owls and the National Christmas Tree ... the Forest Service has unilaterally restricted (firewood collection, etc) in an attempt to engender hostility between people who otherwise support environmental protection. It’s a cynical effort to divide people instead of being accountable to the law. CounterPunch  

October 4, 2019 -
... the final Environmental Assessment for Military training in the Cibola National Forest has been published. Objections are accepted until October 14.
Download the Plan here  

In the Draft Decision Notice the Forest Service has determined that there will be no significant impact from the training, despite the fact that:
· 3 additional helicopter landing zones will be established (just as in the previous proposal)
· The number of helicopter sorties in the Madalena Ranger District will quadruple (keep in mind that currently there are 2,964 allowed sorties per day at one Helicopter Landing Zone, which include 8,892 day landings and 8,892 night landings).
· Helicopter flight paths go directly over residences
· Training areas have not been moved – and in fact still encompass private property
· Environmental

August 22, 2019 -
Cibola forest plan meeting in Magdalena. ... An open house meeting to discuss the Draft Plan and draft of the Environmental Impact Statement will be held Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2109 at Magdalena Schools' Fine Arts Center, from 5-7 pm  Chieftain Download  

June 20, 2017 -
Defending New Mexico’s Public Lands.
ProgressNow NM

June 19, 2017 -
Stealth Logging in the National Forests.
Counter Punch

May 2017 -
News and documents Re: BLM Planning Documents 2.0 -
President Trump Signs Resolution to Repeal BLM Planning 2.0... On March 27th, Trump signed a congressional resolution directing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to repeal their Planning 2.0 Rule. BLM Planning 2.0 was a broad scale land conservation plan designed to keep industries that use our public rangelands in check. It was implemented by the BLM in 2016 as part of an effort to improve their management of our nation’s public lands and the way Resource Management Plans (RMPs) are managed and updated. CANA Foundation  

Planning 2.0 Fact Sheet
Planning 2.0 Rules
Planning 2.0 – Response to Comments

Sept 8, 2016 -
In 20 Short Years, We’ve Wiped Out 10 Percent Of Earth’s Wilderness


2014-2017 - NM Wildlife plan  
Summary version

July 2016 - Preliminary Draft Land and Resource 4
Management Plan (196 pages)

Forest Plan Revision FAQs

1985 Cibola Forest Plan  
1991 Cibola Forest Map

Cibola Forestry Websitet
Cibola Forest Plan documents website

Cibola National Forest Mountain Ranger Districts
Wilderness Character Evaluation Criteria Matrix (Wilderness Evaluation Forms 307 pages)

Maps - Magdalena District:

Alternative Map A  
Alternative Map B  
Alternative Map C  
Alternative Map D  
Alternative Map E  

Magdalena Scenery management System  
(Scenic integrity levels)

Magdalena area Eligaible wild river:
West Red Canyon River  

The Republican platform committee met this week to draft the document that defines the party’s official principles and policies. .... (there is) an amendment calling for the indiscriminate and immediate disposal of national public lands. Rest or the story here

Cibola and Grasslands general map

Cibola Nat'l Forest Anatomy of and contents of the forest plan (2015)  

August 2015 - MAPS

Map 1.jpg - Map 2.jpgMap 3.jpg
Map 4.jpg -  Map 5.jpg     

Phase 2 Inventory Results for Lands that may be suitable for Wilderness: Magdalena, Bear and Magdalena Ranger Dist. (2015)   

Overview map, roughly centered on Hwy 60

Suitable areas for Wilderness (2015) 

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Gila National Forest

Carson National Monumnet
Forest Service
Cibola Forest

State engineer website:


September 13, 2016 -
Scientific Study Warns of "Catastrophic Declines" in Earth's Wilderness