Chevy once designed a car for Latin America then decided to name said car “Nova,” which in Spanish means “No go.” Consequently, things did not go well for Chevrolet in Latin America. The only issue with this story is that it’s not true. The Nova did do fairly well in Latin America and so began yet another urban legend.
It’s bad. If you are new to this story then let me be the first to explain how bad things are, and if you want to play catchup on New Mexico in particular you can start here although there are some bizarre findings on this site. Yep, things are dry my friends. Winter isn’t much of a winter these days, and summer likes to play the bully.
Earlier today I jumped on the TW and headed for the closest national forest. I needed to run the bike and to run through my gas before taking off for a while. This road into the forest is truly fun to ride. But upon arrival, once again, the forest was closed. Starting three years ago, forest closures became the norm for part or most of the entire summer. Santa Fe, Carson, you name it. Even the tiny roads in are blocked for months at a time and the fine for breaching the closures is steeper than the top of Santa Fe Baldy. (Someone told me yesterday the fine is $15,000)
You see, the forest service knows they can’t trust us. America, as we are proving more and more every day, leads the world in one category. We are number one in dumb. Three years ago, during an intensely dry and dangerous period, the forest service found over twenty unmaintained campfires the day after a holiday weekend. Local businesses were asked about potential response options and business leaders said “Close it.” Yes, CLOSE the forest, one of the primary reasons folks come to this place. Why? Because they knew that if the forest went up Santa Fe would suffer for years, and they new the general population is a danger to themselves and to the natural world. Litter, fire, overuse, dumping, illegal cutting, etc.
We are in the middle of the worst spring winds I can remember. Spring is always windy but I’ve never seen it like this. The doors INSIDE my house are banging from wind coming through cracks and windows. My bathroom smells like smoke. Debris is hitting my house all day and late into the night when winds normally die down. Outdoor events are being cancelled and these same winds are fueling numerous fires across the state. The skies above my house fill with caravans of fire fighting planes and choppers. Double bladed, rat-tat-tat-tat carrying heavy bags of water as crews fight to save Las Vegas and Mora. Los Alamos sweats it out.
What is the future of our nature? I can’t say for certain but what I can say for certain is that the playing field is changing and not just here in Nuevo. The global playing field is changing. Look at that map I linked above and you will see that even regions knowns for wet and gray are becomes dry and red. My feeling is that we must view this as an opportunity. This is the time to rethink, to get creative and to double down on the science. What do we know and what don’t we know? And for crap’s sake, keep the idiotic politics out of it.