Querencia in Action: Post-Fire Land Restoration

After the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire of 2022 burned through 340,000 acres and the communities near New Mexico Highlands University, the home-base of the Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute, it was immediately apparent that there was a need for information and training on how to restore burned lands. The Institute launched QIA to fill this need, providing free workshops that cover erosion control, tree thinning, seed collection and ethical collection, and plant identification among other topics. These workshops are available to other communities in fire-adapted New Mexico.