District II - Cimarron


P.O. Box 5
Ute Park, NM 87749
Ph: 575-376-2204
Fax: 575-376-2384


The Cimarron District is the Division's northeastern New Mexico District and covers about 5.6 million acres with 60% (3.36 million acres) of state and private commercial forest land. The Cimarron District Office is located on Highway 64, just east of Ute Park.

The primary focus in the Cimarron District is the protection of life and property in the wildland urban interface.  Other priorities include the protection of watershed and timber resources, as well as maintaining healthy and productive forests. Cimarron District staff collaborate with other agencies, counties, and municipalities to implement fuels treatment projects to mitigate the threat of catastrophic wildfire. They also provide technical assistance to partner organizations and private landowner, and proudly work with communities to improve urban forests through the Re-Leaf Program.

Cimarron District Forester Ernie Lopez





ERNIE LOPEZ is the Cimarron District Forester. Ernie Lopez joined NMSF in 1977 and became District Forester in 1991.  He previously worked in both fire and timber management for NMSF. Ernie is responsible for implementation and oversight of programs including fire, timber, stewardship, wildland urban interface and special projects.  Ernie is the primary Line Officer and Administrator at the district level.


Chris Romo Fire Management Officer





CHRIS ROMO is the Fire Management Officer.  He grew up in Las Vegas, New Mexico and attended college at New Mexico Highlands University.  He is responsible for wildfire and aviation operations on non-federal, non-municipal lands within the 5.6 million acres encompassed by the Cimarron District.  Fire activity varies from a low number of 40 wildfire incidents to over 100 incidents per year.  His duties include--but are not limited to--training wildland firefighters, working with municipalities, counties and other agencies and maintaining district fire statistics and maps.
Chris is the Cimarron District Regional Coordinator for Firewise Communities.


Arnie Friedt Timber Management Officer
is the Timber Management Officer.  Arnie received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from Northern Arizona University and joined NMSF in 1994.  He previously worked seasonally on the timber staff for the USDA Forest Service on the Pecos Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.  Arnie’s duties include but are not limited to assisting private landowners, timber harvest regulation, and implementing hazardous fuel removal and defensible space projects in watersheds and wildland urban interface areas.



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