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.

Arnie Friedt Timber Management Officer


is the Cimarron District Forester. Arnie received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from Northern Arizona University. He joined NM State Forestry in 1994, spending 25 years as the Timber Management Officer (TMO) for the District. As District Forester Arnie oversees multiple programs, including forest health, stewardship, timber harvest regulation, and implementation of hazardous fuel removal and defensible space projects in watersheds and wildland urban interface areas among other efforts.

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.  Chris is responsible for wildfire and aviation operations on the Cimarron District.  His duties also include training wildland firefighters, working closely with municipalities, counties and other agencies on fire prevention initiatives, and maintaining district fire statistics and GIS maps.  Chris is the Cimarron District Regional Coordinator for Firewise Communities.




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