Urban and Community Forestry

Serving the Communities of New Mexico

The Urban and Community Forestry Program helps communities to develop and sustain healthy urban forests. We do this through a variety of services:

  • Technical assistance for development of local community forestry programs, tree care, training for professionals, planning and outreach efforts, and support of community events
  • Grant funding for tree planting and support of local urban forestry programs
  • Coordinating volunteer events and K-12 education opportunities
  • Building partnerships and identifying unique funding opportunities that help meet individual community goals

For more information contact Andrew Frederick at


What is a Community Forest?

Community forests include all trees, vegetation and associated natural resources within and around an inhabited area. Community trees include park trees, trees along streets and neighborhoods, and any trees within the wildland-urban interface between communities and adjacent forestlands. Urban forests deliver tremendous value to communities and the people that live there. 


Benefits from the Community Forest

Trees are vital to community, human and environmental health by providing:

  • Reduced storm water runoff
  • Improved air and water quality
  • Increased property values
  • Improved quality of life for citizens
  • Increased economic development opportunities
  • Reduced energy use at homes and businesses.

“Plan Smart, Rethinking Green”

A Tool Kit for New Mexico’s Communities: Maximizing the Benefits from Trees

Plan Smart, Rethinking Green

SmartCard – START HERE!  Use this evaluation tool to assess your community’s green planning decisions and identify how you can make your community better. Submit your completed form and we will help you develop a plan and locate tools, resources, and funding opportunities.

The Tool Kit – Use this tool kit to learn about the benefits that trees can bring to your community. This resource provides you with information that you need to know, examples of New Mexico Communities getting it done, what you can do, and where you can get help.

Fact Sheets – Easy-to-use resource information for increasing community awareness.


Project Desert Canopy - Growing a Healthier Community

This project produced community forest assessments in Las Cruces, Albuquerque, El Paso and Phoenix, AZ that quantified current ecosystem services being provided, including improved air quality, energy conserved, carbon sequestered, and much more.

These assessments helped demonstrate just some of the economic and health benefits realized from our desert southwest urban forests. This data can be used to help develop and implement municipal goals and community forest strategies for New Mexico Communities.

Project Brochure

Las Cruces Fact Sheet

Albuquerque Fact Sheet



 Programs Offered Here!

Resources Available
Tree City USA For Communities
Tree Campus USA For Homeowners
New Mexico Centennial Re-Leaf Tree Board University --

A unique on-line resource for members of local planning commissions, parks boards, beautification committees, urban forestry commissions, or other local advisory committees that deal with tree issues.

Firewise USA Publications

USFS Logo  Funding for this program is provided by the USDA Forest Service.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC  20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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