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NREEL

Natural Resources, Energy and
Environmental Law Section

 

The Wallow Fire

 

NREEL Section members participate in a field trip to view burned areas and discuss legal and policy issues associated with the fire.


From late May to early July 2011, the Wallow Fire burned 538,000 acres in New Mexico and Arizona. The NREEL Section visited the area Aug. 6 to see first-hand the burned areas and to discuss legal and policy issues associated with the fire. The trip was near Luna in Catron County, located 225 miles southwest of Albuquerque on US 180 near the Arizona/New Mexico state line. The trip encompassed the Gila and Apache-Sitgreaves National forests from elevations of approximately 7,000–8,500 feet. The group heard presentations from District Forester Doug Boykin, New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, Socorro District; Professor Eileen Gauna, UNM Law School; District Ranger Pat Morrison, U.S. Forest Service, Gila National Forest, Glenwood Ranger District; and NREEL Chair Tom Paterson, attorney and area rancher.

Blue Range Mountains from Blue Vista
Blue Range Mountains from Blue Vista
 
Pat Morrison discusses Wallow Fire. Doug Boykin discusses Wallow Fire spread and suppression.
Pat Morrison discusses Wallow Fire.
 Doug Boykin discusses Wallow Fire spread
and suppression.
Wallow Fire Maps NREEL Chair Tom Paterson
Wallow Fire Maps
NREEL Chair Tom Paterson
Field trip participants Luna Lake
Field trip participants discuss the effects of fire and erosion on water tanks for cattle  and wildlife.
Luna Lake
Group discussion at Blue Vista Luna Lake near Alpine, AZ
Group discussion at Blue Vista
Luna Lake near Alpine, Arizona

 

 

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