The East Jemez Landscape Future is something neat...
Grass sprouting after fire

Life is returning to the East Jemez after decades of severe drought, fires, and floods.

Cerro Ballitas, Jemez Mountains

Looking to the future, what should we do to manage the altered landscapes of the East Jemez? What can we do?


East Jemez Landscape Futures seeks to develop a collaborative process that honors the past while acknowledging landscape change is inevitable.

ponderosa pine seedling

We will use art, science, and dedicated land management to create an intentional future for the East Jemez.


Our goal is for the East Jemez to support healthy natural and human communities for generations to come.

Project Description

The East Jemez Landscape Futures (EJLF) project is a collaborative, landscape-scale approach to help guide future planning and research efforts in the severely altered landscapes of the eastern Jemez Mountains. 


EJLF seeks to address uncertainty by building a network of land managers, scientists, artists, NGOs and interested community members to inform future management, identify research needs, and capture stories from individuals and communities who were affected by these changes.


If we come up with a positive forward-looking project, even if it’s not restoration, if we have something positive to work together, it’ll give us a sense of purpose and hope

EJLF Participant


How do we get back some of these traditional uses? It's going to take a long time.

EJLF Participant


If we can’t get pines back, can we make trees out of oaks?

EJLF Participant


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Art & Story
Working Groups

We have been learning from the Jemez Mountains for centuries. The recent changes provide infinite questions. The answers will support land management decisions in the Jemez and throughout the West.

Science can often only get us part way to solutions to complex problems such as those we face on in the East Jemez. We are using art and story to help guide us as we make decisions about the future.

The reality of addressing a challenge as large as the one we face on the East Jemez is daunting. By developing watershed specific work groups we can drill down to actions in an interdisciplinary and place-based way.

The East Jemez Landscape Futures Project is jointly funded by:
Bandelier National Monument , the Landscape Conservation Initiative, and the USGS New Mexico Landscapes Field Station