Continuing Education Opportunities for Staff

Overview

Staff foresters gather several times a year to keep up on the current science for managing your forest resources. We work with other agencies on topics such as wildlife habitat requirements or species of concern, such as the gray vireo which inhabits the piñon-juniper woodlands and the boreal toad found at higher elevations.

We work closely with New Mexico Department of Agriculture and New Mexico State University keeping up with the invasive weeds in the state, identification and control. Some of the invasive plants are native to the state and can be troublesome, but can be managed to reduce impacts they cause in ranching and agriculture, while others are non-native to the state and populations should be reduced or eradicated whenever possible.

We communicate with academia and the federal agencies on different siliviculture approaches to managing the forest for multiple use, not just timber production as was done in the 1970s and before. Three Southwest Ecological Restoration Institutes established by Congress are continually supplying new techniques or concepts for field trials. The Institutes are housed at Colorado State University, New Mexico Highlands University and Northern Arizona University. Entire ecosystems and landscape scale watershed projects are being studied from piñon-juniper woodlands to high mixed-conifer and spruce-fir forests.

The Western States' Forest Practices Roundup occurs each fall, generally after fire season allowing a broad compliment of state forestry agencies to participate as the topic(s) pertain to their work. Each state has a variety of mandated workloads from managing state forests, timber harvests on their land or regulatory authority on harvest on private land. Each host state picks a theme for the meeting and some time in the field is scheduled for the group to view issues, concerns, or successes on the ground.  New Mexico State Forestry Division has participated for about 5 years.

Idaho hosted in 2006 where the field trip highlighted the rules for Streamside Management Zones and how they are monitored. 

New Mexico hosted the 2007 Roundup, showcasing best management practices (BMPs) being implemented on all projects State Forestry in involved with whether they are funded with flow-through grant funds or watershed projects with state funds, state or private land.  This is a change from the past when BMPs were only mandated on commercial timber harvests.

Western States' Forest Practices Roundup

2006 Pictures

2007 Pictures

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