Hermit’s Peak & Calf Canyon Fire

Hope Through Recovery

This is our home, and Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance joins its neighbors in the long-term commitment to restoring our lands and water from the damage caused by the Hermit’s Peak and Calf Canyon Fires.


If you’d like to donate towards HPWA recovery efforts, we could use all the help we can get! Please click the button below to be brought to our donation page. Thank you!


Site Visit

We are here to provide you, our neighbor, with expertise, tools, materials and labor to stabilize soils and restore plant coverage of your lands to reduce flood threats, soil erosion and to protect the quality and quantity of our waters. If you or a neighbor would like a site visit to discuss what treatment and support would help, please complete the site visit request form by clicking the button below.

Volunteer Sign-up Form

We at Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance believe that the correct approach to wildfire recovery is to consistently get boots on the ground, doing the restoration work one acre at a time to be sure that the work is good and that we achieve positive solid results. In order to reach these necessary goals, to affect as much land and people in as possible, we need YOU – YES YOU – to join us in our efforts and help the land to recover. Please fill out the volunteer form to be sure that your name gets added to our volunteer e-mail list.


Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance is planning to host volunteer work days every other weekend throughout the summer and fall of 2023. We would be absolutely thrilled if you could find the will and the time to join us in our 2023 recovery efforts. Click on the button below to see our 2023 work schedule and consider when you might have some time to join us.

Landowner Guides

Working alongside our neighbors in the Gallinas, Sapello, Mora and Tecolote watersheds, HPWA has learned what treatments work best on our lands and for our waters. Landowner Guides for Post-Fire flooding mitigation, soil erosion control, restoring plant coverage and tree management are available for you to download here. We hope that you’ll find them useful when considering the best restoration treatments for the long-term post-fire recovery of your land and protection of our water.

Post-Fire Seeding and Mulching Instructional Video

Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance has been hard at work on our neighbor’s land in Gallinas Canyon. As part of our seed distribution efforts, we’ve created an instructional video highlighting our recommended strategy for seeding the land. Planting seeds and mulching are effective restoration treatments that help to increase herbaceous vegetation and reduce flooding in a post-fire landscape.



Flood Mitigation

Soil Erosion

The high intensity of the fires burned a vast percentage of grasses, shrubs, trees and litter layer that stabilize our soils by reducing the impact of precipitation and increasing absorption of water. Coupled with the steep slopes of our watersheds, we face the prospect of losing our surface soils during precipitation. These soils and remnant ash are washed away into our streams and rivers, increasing sediment in the water and scouring of our stream and riverbanks to impair our watersheds and the quality of our water for drinking, agriculture, recreation and wildlife.

Loss of Herbaceous Plant Cover

When the ground is bare and void of plants, soils are easily eroded and they lose their vital organic components, like nutrients and insects. Plants soften the impact of raindrops and slow rainwater over the surface of the ground. When rain slows down, it can enter the soil where it is stored or travels downward, replenishing streams, water table, and aquifers. Restoring plant cover through initial cover crops and grasses will stabilize the soils and begin the process of returning it to productivity while protecting our water. Over the long-term, more native plant species, including shrubs and trees can be introduced and some species will return on their own if we stabilize their environment.

Asbestos in Relation to Fire Damage

This information is to spread awareness of the dangers of wildfires in relation to asbestos exposure as many homes that are affected could contain asbestos. Asbestos is one of the most heat-resistant substances known to man, yet it can be highly toxic when it is damaged by fire. When structures catch fire, asbestos products become damaged and release carcinogenic fibers that become airborne and transportable by smoke.

Other Resources

Work Day Accomplishments for 2022 Fire Recovery

The 26 site visits we accomplished during the summer (Task 3), yielded landowner agreements and projects with 11 landowners.

To treat those properties, we held 12 workdays with 645 volunteer hours.

Work entailed…

  • Seeding and mulching 32 acres
  • upland erosion control on 50 acres
  • drainage channel work in 1750’
  • construction of 34 log/rock structures.

Summer 2022 Post-Fire Recovery Work Days

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