District IV - Las Vegas

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






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.


Shannon Atencio TMO







is the Timber Management Officer.  She started with NMSF as a seasonal wildland firefighter while she was in 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.



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