All Hands All Lands Burn Team
Many hands make light work
All-Hands All-Lands Burn Team (AHAL) is a collaborative effort between The Nature Conservancy of New Mexico, the Rio Grande Water Fund, the Forest Stewards Guild, and many others to accelerate the return of fire to frequent fire ecosystems in the Water Fund landscape. The goal of AHAL is to get ahead of prescribed fire backlogs on federal, state, and tribal lands and support private landowner’s use of prescribed fire.
AHAL adds capacity to existing efforts and can serve as a stand-alone organization to complete burns with insured and qualified burn bosses. We mobilized seasonal burn teams consisting of a mix of contractors, staff, and volunteers and to amplify knowledge, skills, and abilities. Part of AHAL is engaging the public through stories, photos and opportunities for involvement, to raise awareness for forests and watersheds.
During autumn 2018, the AHAL completed 4,379 acres of burning across the Rio Grande watershed and trained 21 new firefighters from 3 youth crews from Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and Forest Stewards Youth Corps at burns across the Rio Grande Water Fund area. AHAL provided a burn boss to enable Santa Clara Pueblo fire staff to follow up their investment in thinning with 150 acres of prescribed fire. This burn is opening the door to collaborative burning on tribal land throughout New Mexico.
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