District III - Socorro

Socorro District Office HC 32, Box 2
1701 Enterprise
Socorro, NM 87801
Main Office Ph: 575-835-9359
Silver City Office Ph: 575-388-2210
Fax: 575-835-9452


The Socorro District covers more than 8.9 million acres of state and private land in the southwest corner of New Mexico.  It includes the seven counties of Catron, Dona Ana, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna, Sierra, and Socorro.  The main office is located just west of Socorro on Highway 60 toward Magdalena. The Socorro District satellite office is located on North Silver Street in Silver City.

One of the priorities for the Socorro District is providing technical forest management assistance to private landowners. This includes the Stewardship Program, the Forest Health and Insect Program, and assisting the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service with forest stand and wildlife improvement projects.  Other collaborative efforts include working with county teams, fire departments, and communities on fire suppression initiatives.  District staff also lead or assist on forest management practices and natural resource planning, like the Jornada and Black Range Resource Conservation and Development Programs.  The district's forest and watershed health continues to be the focus of many ongoing projects, as does the development of community forestry and conservation, including involvement in programs like Tree City USA and Conservation Days. 

Jack Dickey

JACK DICKEY is the Socorro District Forester. As District Forester he oversees programs including forest stewardship, timber management, wildland fire management, and district administrative functions. Jack believes that restoring forest and watershed health and mitigation of destructive wildfires can best be achieved through collaboration and teamwork with all land management agencies and private landowners. Jack rejoined the Socorro District in March 2019 after working as a geoscientist supervisor with the New Mexico Environment Department since 2014. From 2004 to 2014 he was the Fire Management Officer for the Socorro District. During his tenure as District FMO, he assisted landowners and communities with wildland/urban interface planning and Firewise assessments. Previously Jack worked for geotechnical and environmental engineering consulting firms.  Jack was also a long-time volunteer with the Tomé-Adelino Fire Department in Valencia County; including 10 years as district chief.

Russell Thrun FMO


RUSSELL THRUN is the Socorro District Fire Management Officer.  Russell is the Socorro District Regional Coordinator for Firewise Communities in Catron, Doña Ana, Hidalgo, Luna, Sierra, and Socorro counties.

Tom Zegler Special Projects Forester


TOM ZEGLER is the Special Projects Forester at the Silver City satellite office. Tom began his forestry career in 2006, earned a Master of Science in Forestry from Northern Arizona University in 2011, and joined NMSF in 2014. He performs site visits on state and private lands, writes multi-resource management plans for land managers and property owners, manages thinning projects for a variety assistance programs, and delivers conservation education messages and technical presentations to students and the general public. During the fire season, he is a dispatcher for Silver City Interagency Dispatch Center. Tom has a strong technical background in forest health and tree mortality; he knows the insects and diseases that kill trees. His main goal is to sharpen the axe of traditional silviculture with sound forest ecology and wield it to improve the health of southwestern forests.
Tom is the Socorro District Regional Coordinator for Firewise Communities in Grant County.


AMANDA TUCKER is the Administrative Management Officer for the Socorro District office. Amanda joined the State Forestry Division in January of 2018.


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