Supporting healthy trees on public lands is vital to continuing urban forestry programs across New Mexico and this trained volunteer workforce is making a difference.
Facilitated by Tree New Mexico and joined by our nonprofit, city, and county agency partners, Tree Stewards engage in a 10-week hybrid online and hands-on program. Spurred by Covid regulations, the creation of the online portion of the program allows Tree New Mexico to offer this intensive program to urban areas across New Mexico.
The Tree steward program includes tree identification, learning about climate-ready tree species that have the best chance of survival as the climate changes, identifying the best location for each species, diagnostics of issues, pruning, assessing, measuring, monitoring, and mapping trees on GPS software used by multiple groups and agencies in NM.
After completing the training, the Tree Stewards have opportunities to work with Albuquerque Parks and Recreation, Albuquerque Open Space, The Nature Conservancy, Bernalillo County Open Space, Tree New Mexico and other program partners. Work options include planting, pruning, auditing trees, and teaching and mentoring others about the benefits of trees and how to care for them.
Tree New Mexico is dedicated to helping communities plant and care for trees in urban settings - large and small - throughout The Land of Enchantment.3535 Princeton Drive NE, Ste. 101