Forest Service Info

Glenwood Ranger District to waive fees at Catwalk Recreation area on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Glenwood, NM, January 10, 2018—For Immediate Release.  The USDA Forest Service has designated fee-free days for 2018. The first one of these will be on January 15, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Catwalk Recreation Area, Glenwood Ranger District, is a day-use area which ordinarily charges $3 for parking fees. On January 15, this fee will be waived.

The other fee free days for 2018 are:

  • February 19 – Presidents Day
  • June 9 – National Get Outdoors Day
  • September 22 – National Public Lands Day
  • November 10-11 – Veterans Day Weekend

Outdoor recreation can take many forms, and the Gila National Forest offers a wide variety of activities including camping, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fish, and hunting.  Being connected to nature can promote good health, enjoyment and improve environmental stewardship.

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Gila National Forest offices will be closed on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


Silver City, NM, January 10, 2017—For Immediate Release.  All Gila National Forest offices and ranger stations will be closed on Monday, February 15 in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Regular business hours will resume Tuesday, February 16.

Despite the office closure, fire personnel, law enforcement officers, and recreation staff will be on-duty on the holiday for the safety of visitors.

Know Before You Go. Check the weather for the specific part of the forest you will be visiting at Remember to practice good campfire safety and respect your public lands by packing out your trash.   


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Gila National Forest Announces Southwest Firefighter Training

Silver City, N.M., December 8, 2017 – The Gila National Forest will be conducting an orientation and training session for the Gila Southwest Firefighter (SWFF) recruitment program for the 2018 wildland fire season. To be accepted into the program, candidates must meet all of the attendance requirements, successfully complete a 40-hour training course and pass a Work Capacity Test.

The SWFF program has a long and distinguished history in the southwest. SWFF crews are mobilized to wildland fires on the Gila National Forest and across the nation.  Individuals signed up with SWFF have also filled temporary positions on engines and suppression crews for local ranger districts. Strong work ethics and pride in a job well done keep SWFF crews in use each fire season. Crew members can expect to be called to duty frequently. 

To qualify for the SWFF recruitment program, candidates must attend the Introductory Session on January 3 or January 10, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Grant County Business and Conference Center, 3031 Highway 180, Silver City, NM.

Candidates must also pass the Work Capacity Test, which involves walking three miles with a 45-pound pack in 46 minutes.  Good physical fitness is a critical factor in passing this test and it is advised that individuals begin a fitness regimen immediately to prepare for the arduous fitness test.  A Work Capacity Test will be administered at Fox Field, February 13 and 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. for all Southwest Firefighter candidates.  All paperwork must be completed and returned no later than January 12, 2018.

Candidates must also attend all sessions of the 40-hour class February 26 – March 2, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., also at the Grant County Business and Conference Center. A refresher class for returning firefighters will be held February 26, 2018. 

Candidates MUST bring the following documents to the introductory meeting to be accepted into the training session: two forms of personal identification, one of which must have a picture.  Personal identification can be current state issued driver’s license, current passport, or social security card.  Additionally, candidates MUST bring their bank account routing information for direct deposit purposes. Direct deposit routing numbers can be found at the bottom of a check or on a bank statement. 

Application packets will be available at the Gila National Forest Supervisors’ Office in Silver City beginning Tuesday, December 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is strongly advised to have applications completed prior to the introductory meeting.  Background checks and drug testing may be applied. 

For further information, please contact Gabe Holguin, Gila National Forest Fire Staff Officer, at 575-388-8233, or Leroy Holguin, Forest Fire Planner at 575-388-8450.



New Mexico State Highway 159 Closure

Glenwood, NM, December 15, 2017—For Immediate Release.  The Gila National Forest, Glenwood Ranger District reminds you that New Mexico Department of Transportation will be closing New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road) will be closed for the winter beginning at noon today December 15. Gates will be locked just above Mogollon through the mountain to Willow Creek Mesa. Travelers will need to go through Reserve to get to Willow Creek or Snow Lake until the closure is lifted in the spring.

For more information, please call the Glenwood Ranger District at 575.539.2481 or the Reserve Ranger District at 575.533.6232. For more information on road conditions, you may call 511 on your cell phone or go to:

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Stemmerman named as District Ranger on the Glenwood Ranger District on the Gila National Forest

Glenwood, NM, December 15, 2017—For Immediate Release.  Adam Mendonca, Forest Supervisor of the Gila National Forest is happy to announce Erick Stemmerman as the Glenwood District Ranger. He will fill in behind Anne Casey who served as the prior district ranger and begin here on the Gila NF on January 22, 2018.

He comes to the Gila NF from the Olympic National Forest where he served as the Administrative Staff Officer. His academic achievements included a M.A. from San Diego State and a M.S. from Oregon State University.

In 1990 Erick began his federal career with the U. S. Navy, then transitioned in 2008 to working for the Bureau of Land Management Oregon, where he worked in fire management, and came to the Forest Service in 2013, and has worked on the Olympic, Angeles and Lassen National Forests.

Stemmerman is a 3rd generation Californian. Erick has lived in Spain, Ecuador, Chile, Germany, the Dominican Republic, New York, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Erick’s wife was born in Tres Piedras, New Mexico and returning to New Mexico has deep meaning to their family. The Stemmermans have two children – a son and a daughter, and are looking forwarding to joining the Gila National Forest family.

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Forest Service visitor map price to increase January 1

December 11, 2017; Silver City, NM—For Immediate ReleaseUSDA Forest Service visitor maps will increase in price from $10 to $14 effective Monday, January 1, 2018.


Rising costs of production, printing, and distribution have driven the need for the price increase of the paper and plastic-coated visitor maps, the first such increase in almost a decade.  The agency continually updates its maps, seeking to enhance them as well.  The Forest Service also expects to shorten the revision cycle as its cartographers continue applying new digital technology to the map revision process. 


The agency is also working to increase the availability of digital maps, which cost $4.99 per side.  Digital maps for mobile applications can be downloaded at:


As always, forest visitor maps are available for sale at those Forest Service offices in Arizona and New Mexico that currently sell them. 


Volume purchases are available from the National Forest Map Store (NFMS) and can be ordered: 


To help offset the price increase for volume sales, discount pricing will now be available to all customers starting January 1.  Discounted maps are only available when purchased through the NFMS.


Additional online resources include:


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Quemado Ranger District closes two campgrounds for the season

Quemado, NM, September 27, 2017—For Immediate Release. The Gila National Forest, Quemado Ranger District has implemented closures effective September 30 at 12:00 noon for the Juniper Campground and the Pinon Campground. This closure is the standard seasonal closure when water is turned off and campground hosts are released.

The El Caso Campgrounds are still available to forest visitors through November 30.

Safety tips for traveling in the Gila National Forest so that you “Know before You Go”:

·         Check with NM Roads for up-to-date road conditions.

·         Check in with the USGS National Water Information System which will indicate water flows for the Gila River and Mimbres River Basin.  

·         Remember that the Gila NF covers over 3 million acres and many small communities. Look at the predicted weather for the specific area where you plan to visit.

·         DO NOT cross flooded roadways or flooded washes.

Reminder:  There are many alternatives available for dispersed camping on the Gila NF and if you would like a more developed camping experience, there are other campgrounds such as Upper End and Mesa Campgrounds at Lake Roberts. Be safe and have fun!!!

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Reserve Ranger District Developed Campgrounds begin Winter Operations

Reserve, NM, October 26, 2017—For Immediate Release.  Beginning October 28, the Reserve Ranger District will begin winter operations of developed recreation sites including Dipping Vat, Aeroplane Mesa, Ben Lilly, Willow Creek, and Apache Creek Campgrounds. While the public is encouraged to continue to enjoy these sites, weather permitting, services will be limited during the winter months. Dipping Vat Campground will not be charging a fee during winter operations since the water system will be turned off to prevent freezing and damage to the lines during the fall and winter.  The trash service customarily provided will also not be available during the winter season.

With limited services we are asking visitors to do their part to pack in/pack out trash and help us keep the campgrounds clean. Full services are expected to resume in May.

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Vault Toilet being removed at Rest Area on NM Highway 32

Quemado, NM, November 1, 2017—For Immediate Release.  The Quemado Ranger District, Gila National Forest is coordinating with the Forest Engineer and road crew to remove the vault toilet at the rest area located on NM State Highway 32 between Apache Creek and Quemado. 

Rest areas along state highways have always been maintained by New Mexico Department of transportation, but this particular toilet has been closed for several years. In the interest of maintaining both public health and safety, and appropriate visual standards, the Quemado Ranger District has coordinated with NMDOT District 6 and will be removing the toilet. We have tentatively scheduled removal beginning November 3. NMDOT will continue to provide trash removal services and a picnic stop at this area.

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