The purpose of the Cibola Shared Stewardship Collaborative (CSSC) is to provide assistance to the Cibola National Forest leadership team for the use and management of the multiple resources within the Forest. Our vision is to work together to provide diverse perspectives on forest-wide issues.
The Cibola Shared Stewardship Collaborative is comprised of a Coordinating Council with representation from diverse stakeholders who have an interest in the Cibola NF and any of the Collaboratives focused on the four Ranger Districts. These Ranger Districts within the Cibola NF include: Magdalena, Sandia, Mountainair and Mt. Taylor.
Cibola biomes range from Chihuahuan desert to short-grass prairie to piñon-juniper to sub-alpine spruce and fir. The region also boasts a diversity of wildlife due to this ecological diversity. The uses and values for each landscape ranges from a rich cultural background of uses and practices such as wood gathering, plant collecting, timber harvesting, and grazing of livestock to more recent and popular uses such as mountain biking, skiing, and hang gliding. There are many residential inholdings within the districts’ boundaries.
The Magdalena Collaborative encompasses 800, 000 acres composed of four mountain ranges including the Datils, Bears, San Mateos and Magdalena Mountains. Elevations range from 10,700 feet to under 6,000 feet.
The Mountainair Collaborative is made up of the Gallinas and Manzano Mountains in Torrence, Valencia and Lincoln Counties. The largest stand of Rocky Mountain large tooth maples in New Mexico is located in this landscape.
Mount Taylor collaborative
The Mt. Taylor Collaborative is comprised of two mountain ranges, Mt. Taylor and the Zuni Mountains, totaling nearly 520,000 acres of National Forest land. Elevations range from 6,500 to 11,301 feet.
The Sandia Collaborative is the smallest in land mass, but impacts the greatest number of people since it lies just east of Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico. The Sandia Mountains are the most visited mountains in New Mexico.
The Cibola Shared Stewardship Collaborative works with multiple diverse partners to provide diverse perspectives on forest-wide issues.
A representative from each of the four local (Ranger District) collaboratives: Mountainair, Mt. Taylor, Sandia and Magdalena.
Torrance County, Bernalillo County, Lincoln County, and Catron County.
Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Claunch Pinto Soil and Water Conservation District, Edgewood Soil and Water Conservation District
Kirtland AFB, Cibola National Forest, Bureau of Land Management
NM Game & Fish, NM Dept. of Agriculture, NM Environment Department, NM State Forestry, NM State Lands Office and NM Land Grant Council.
Pueblo of Isleta, Pueblo of Zuni, Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation - Navajo Nation Heritage and Historic Preservation Department, Pueblo of Laguna, Pueblo of Acoma, Pueblo of San Felipe, Pueblo of Sandia
NM Association of Conservation Districts and NM Coalition of Conservation Districts.
We ask our partners to provide presentations at our Coordination Council Meetings to promote deeper understanding of the partners specific interests and goals. The following is a list of presentations that have been given to date:
Native Plant Society - Presented March 28, 2018
We partner with: NM Wildlife Federation, NM Wilderness Alliance, The Wilderness Society, Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, Forest Stewards Guild, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Audobon New Mexico, Native Plant Society of New Mexico, Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Gold Prospectors Association of NM, NM Off-Highway Vehicle Alliance, Talking Talons Youth Leadership,NM Forest Industry Association, Albuquerque Mountain Biking Association, NM Cattle Growers Association, East Mountain Regional Trail Council, NM Council of Outfitters & Guides, Estancia Basin Resource Association, Backcountry Horsemen of New Mexico, Wildlife Conservation Advocacy Southwest, and the NM Farm and Livestock Bureau.
Range Improvement Task Force, New Mexico Highlands University, New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute
Rosemary Romero Consulting
The Cibola Shared Stewardship Collaborative provides assistance to the Cibola National Forest leadership team for the use and management of the multiple resources within the Forest. We work together to provide diverse perspectives on forest-wide issues.
The four Collaboratives include: Magdalena, Sandia, Mountainair and Mt. Taylor Ranger Districts.
Million Acres of Public Land
The Cibola Shared Stewardship Collaborative covers more than 1.6 million acres of public lands in New Mexico.
In addition to the communities impacted, there are also many residential inholdings within the districts’ boundaries.