Santa Clara Pueblo Forest Restoration


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Project Type: MCRP Professional Project


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Project Summary:

Las Conchas drastically altered the hydrology of the Santa Clara Creek watershed, causing severe flooding that has damaged cultural sites, infrastructure, threatened lives and property, and has rendered much of the watershed inaccessible to tribal members. This project uses resilience thinking to explain why the character of wildfire has changed in the west and as a guiding principle for watershed restoration. The project’s primary objective was to determine what issues have reduced SCP’s ability to effectively deal with the Las Conchas wildfire – their resilience – and what can be done about it. This project identified recommendations and opportunities to

overcome these barriers, including collaborative agreements between SCP and adjacent

land management agencies, and SCP representation on the Valles Caldera National

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