Lincoln National Forest

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Lincoln National Forest

Address:1101 New York Ave
Alamogordo, NM 88310

Size: 1,103,441 acres.
Location:South central New Mexico. Accessible by US 60, 70, and 380; NM 83, 24, 37, and 48. Nearby cities/towns include Ruidoso, Alamogordo, Artesia, Capitan, Carlsbad, Cloudcroft, and Roswell.
Facilities:14 campgrounds, 8 group camps, dispersed camping, picnic sites, trails (400 miles), 2 ski areas, scenic viewpoints, scenic drives.
Activities:Camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, ORV riding, birdwatching, inner tubing, horseback riding, spelunking, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowmobiling.
Special Features:Birthplace of "Smokey Bear," the symbol of wildfire prevention. In 1950, a black bear cub was found clinging to a tree during a wildfire in the northern part of the forest. The cub was nicknamed "Hot Foot Teddy" by firefighters, and, after being nursed back to health, he was flown to Washington, D.C., to reside in the National Zoo as "Smokey Bear." Unique attractions include Sitting Bull Falls, a 180-foot waterfall located in a bowl canyon; Sunspot Solar Observatory at Sacramento Peak; and the Apache Point Lunar Observatory. Nearby is Carlsbad Caverns National Park (see entry in national parks section).

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In 1950, Smokey Bear became more than a simple print icon when a black bear cub was rescued after a wildfire had burnt through the Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico.
Gila And Lincoln National Forest In Southern New Mexico
The course sits within the Lincoln National Forest nearly 7,000 feet above sea level with views of the 12,000 foot peak Sierra Blanca and the Sacramento and Capitan mountains.
COLORADO COLORADO COLO LORA RAD ADO Flames shoot into blackened sky at High Park Fire CALIFORNIA Air tanker and helicopter fly over heavy flames to make a drop on 500-acre bush fire in Los Padres National Forest at the weekend ENGULFED n Lincoln National Forest is swallowed up by flames TASK AHEAD n New Mexico fire crew near Ruidoso NEW MEXICO Little Bear Fire burns in the Lincoln National Forest near resort town of Ruidoso
About 100 National Guard troops joined 300 firefighters to fight the fire in the steep, rocky and often inaccessible White Mountain Wilderness of the Lincoln National Forest, officials said.
MATERIALS AND METHODS--Our study area was in the 182,278-ha Sacramento Ranger District of Lincoln National Forest, southern Sacramento Mountains, otero County, New Mexico.
Our 19 ha (50 ac) study area (approximately 33[degrees]41'N, 105[degrees]71'W) was part of the larger 89 ha (220 ac) Eagle Creek Timber Sale just outside of Ruidoso, New Mexico, in the central Sacramento Mountains on the Smokey Bear Ranger District in the Lincoln National Forest, Lincoln County, New Mexico (figure 1).
As the discovery was located on United States Forest Service lands, the miner reported the find to Lincoln National Forest archaeologists who conducted a limited excavation at the site in 1990 to determine the extent and species of the discovery.
1-million-acre Lincoln National Forest near Alamogordo is closed.
In May 1950, park rangers found a frightened and badly burned 4-pound black bear cub clinging to a charred tree after a forest fire in New Mexico's Lincoln National Forest.
MATERIALS AND METHODS--Our study area encompassed much of the Sacramento Ranger District (182,278 ha), Lincoln National Forest, southern Sacramento Mountains, Otero County, New Mexico.

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