District IV - Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS DISTRICT 
HC 33, Box 109 #4
Las Vegas, NM 87701
Ph: 505-425-7472
Fax: 505-425-9360

The Las Vegas District Office is located at the south end of Storrie Lake State Park, just north of the city of Las Vegas. This district covers a wide array of landscapes from the southern Rockies, “the Sangre de Cristo Mountains”, the mesa country, and out into the eastern plains of New Mexico--all the way to the Texas border. This district includes six counties: San Miguel, Mora, Quay, Curry, Guadalupe, and Harding.

The primary goals of the Las Vegas District are to work with private landowners and cooperators to help improve forest, riparian and watershed health, develop and sustain healthy urban forests, assist with the management of non-native invasive plant species, and to encourage the successful growth of businesses that depend on forest and timber resources. All project success depends on strong public support. The Las Vegas District staff encourages landowner participation in statewide programs like Smokey Bear Fire Prevention, Forest Health Initiative, American Tree Farm System, Re-Leaf, Seedling, Urban and Community Forestry. The combination of forest and water restoration efforts--along with utilization of value-added products from such restoration projects--will only benefit the forests and the people that depend on them for water, work, and a successful traditional way of life.

Las Vegas District Forester Carmen Austin

 

 

 

 

 




CarmelitaM.Austin@state.nm.us

CARMEN AUSTIN
is the Las Vegas District Forester.  She has a B.S. in Forestry from Northern Arizona University, and pursued her graduate studies at the University of Montana-Missoula. She began her forestry career in 2003 as a biological technician for the U.S. Forest Service – Rocky Mountain Research Station Albuquerque Lab. In 2005 Carmen joined State Forestry in Santa Fe as the Woody Biomass Utilization Program Manager and the NM coordinator of the Southwest Sustainable Forests Partnership. As the Las Vegas District Forester, she oversees numerous timber, special projects and fire suppression programs and activities to improve the health of forest and watersheds on the district. Carmen fully supports the strategy to integrate local communities and community-based businesses in efforts that combine improved forest health and economic opportunity in rural communities.

 

Jarrod Duran FMO

Jarrod.Duran@state.nm.us

JARROD DURAN
is the Las Vegas District Fire Management Officer. Jarrod has extensive experience and knowledge of wildland fire. He grew up in Mora, NM and started his career as a wildland firefighter with the Mora Volunteer Fire Department shortly after graduating from high school. Jarrod quickly moved up the ranks becoming an Engine Boss and a Type 4 Incident Command Team Leader through training he received from the State Forestry Division. Mr. Duran joined the Forestry Division as an AD in 2005 and became the Las Vegas District FMO in 2018. As the FMO he works closely with local governments on Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP), assists rural fire departments with acquiring funding for firefighting equipment, and participates in many other projects.

 

Shannon Atencio TMO

 

 

 

 

 





Shannon.Atencio@state.nm.us

SHANNON ATENCIO
is the Las Vegas District Timber Management Officer.  She started with State Forestry as a seasonal wildland firefighter while attending college.  Shannon graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a B.S. in Natural Resource Management.  As Timber Management Officer, Shannon works with various division programs that range from Urban and Community Forestry to timber management to wildland urban interface.  She also supports the district with her wildfire qualifications.  Shannon is the state program manager for the New Mexico Invasive Weeds Program, working on grant projects that support integrated weed management and outreach efforts for communities dealing with noxious weeds. Shannon is the Las Vegas District Regional Coordinator for Firewise Communities.

 

Miranda Vogel

Miranda.Vogel@state.nm.us

MIRANDA VOGEL joined the Las Vegas District in 2018 as the Special Projects Forester. Miranda graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Natural Resources. Her background includes work in silviculture/fuel monitoring, timber sale prep, forest inventory, and more recently, as Nursery Technician at the John T. Harrington Forestry Research Center in Mora, NM. As Special Projects Forester, Ms. Vogel will work closely with landowners and cooperators to improve watershed health via the Division's various programs, including Timber Management, Forest Stewardship, American Tree Farm System, Conservation Seedlings and Endangered Plants among others.

 

Alex Martinez AMO

Alexander.Martinez@state.nm.us

ALEX MARTINEZ
is the Administrative Management Officer (AMO) for the Las Vegas District.  He began his career with State Forestry in the summer of 2016 as a part-time employee and became full-time in March of 2018.  Alex graduated from Mora High School in 2013 and attended both New Mexico Highlands and New Mexico State Universities pursuing degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.  As AMO, Alex is responsible for district operating payments, special project and timber payments, as well as payables to both public and private entities for their cooperation on the districts fire suppression activities. Alex also assists with the fire suppression activities, including logistics, time recording and dispatching fire personnel and equipment.

 

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