Forest Restoration on the I-25 Corridor

If you drive Interstate 25 near Glorieta, you may have noticed something different along the median. In areas previously clogged with trees, you can now see through to the traffic on the other side. Hard-working crews have been thinning trees to prepare the area in case a wildfire moves through. New Mexico State Forestry Division’s Returning Heroes Wildland Firefighter and Inmate Work Camp Programs worked diligently over the summer to leave the healthiest trees, while removing many smaller, unhealthy trees and brush.

Why cut trees in the middle of an interstate? To improve the overall health of the forest and watershed by increasing water availability, improving ecological conditions and reducing the risk of damaging events that kill trees. read more >>