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Landscape Restoration

Initiative Description/Summary

Under the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership (LRP), NRCS and the Forest Service are working together to target conservation and restoration to measurably improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where public and private lands meet to provide for long-term natural resources and production benefits. Priorities for the effort are—

• Reducing and mitigating wildfire threats to communities and landowners.

• Protecting water quality and supply for communities and industry.

• Improving habitat quality for at-risk or ecosystem surrogate species.

Approved or Participating States

Joint Chiefs’ LRP funds will be allocated to States for use consistent with approved LRP projects.

New Mexico – Taos Valley Watershed Coalition (Carson National Forest)

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This project includes 280,000 acres of contiguous landscape including a range of vegetation types from piñon/juniper woodland to spruce/fir. The area encompasses most of the headwaters of the Rio Grande within Taos County; waters that are critical to the economy and well-being of New Mexico’s most populous areas such as Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque.

  • Partners: Carson National Forest; Grande Water Fund-LOR Foundation; New Mexico Water Trust Board; Taos County; and Taos Pueblo.
  • FY18 USDA investment: $403,800 (Forest Service - $250,000, NRCS - $153,800)
  • TVWC Ranking Criteria (PDF; 11 KB)

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Please direct all questions about applying for Joint Chiefs- TVWC to the Taos Field Office (575)758-3863


Kristin Graham Chavez
Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
(505) 761-4404

Kenneth J. Branch
Resource Conservationist for Programs
(505) 761-4454 voice
(855) 538-6003 fax