Cooperatove Conservation Project

American Forests & Bureau of Land Management

Reforesting Cutover Lands in New Mexico

Location: South-Central/South-West Region: New Mexico

Project Summary: American Forests and the BLM teamed up to re-establish pine forests on acquired cutover lands on the Homestead Mesa in New Mexico.
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Resource Challenge

           Native forest resources in northern New Mexico were heavily cutover for domestic purposes while under private ownership. These lands, which were historically ponderosa pine forests, are now mostly dominated by sagebrush, pinon pine, and juniper. The Bureau of Land Management has been taking care of the land ever since it became public by the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant-Act. Between 1991 and 1995 AMERICAN FORESTS, America ’s oldest conservation non-profit, provided the Bureau of Land Management grants to plant ponderosa pine seedlings as part of its Global ReLeaf program. This project perfectly demonstrated the Global ReLeaf’s purpose, to restore damaged ecosystems by planting native trees. By undertaking this project these partners would restore the ponderosa pine population in the Homestead Mesa region, which is near Cuba , New Mexico .

Examples of Key Partners
AMERICAN FORESTS, Bureau of Land Management, Public Lands Council, Trees New Mexico, R.W. Johnson.
Results and Accomplishments

            This partnership successful re-established over 200 acres of ponderosa pine on homestead land by planting more than 34,000 seedlings. The seedlings planted will restore this damaged ecosystem by improving habitat for wildlife, the tree canopy cover, and the ponderosa pine population in the area. In 10 to 15 years the trees planted will be responsible for annually removing over 895,700 pounds of carbon dioxide and producing 447,850 pounds of oxygen.

            This is just one several projects AMERICAN FORESTS and BLM did together. These projects were only successful because of AMERICAN FORESTS and BLM’s tremendous teamwork. The success of this association has always been due to the partnerships it forms for the Global ReLeaf projects. AMERICAN FORESTS’ Global ReLeaf program, which began in 1990, has already planted well over 20 million trees. In 2005 AMERICAN FORESTS and Coleman Natural Foods announced a campaign to plant another 20 million trees by 2015. By forming partnerships with various groups, associations, departments, and companies like it did for this project, AMERICAN FORESTS will be able to achieve this goal.

One of the unique features that made this project very successful was the organization of local volunteers to do the plantings. AMERICAN FORESTS has always believed that a project is more likely to have greater success when local communities are involved in. People tend to be very concerned about the environmental status of their community and are always very eager to help when possible. The volunteers provided the project with an excellent work force that kept costs down. This allowed for more funds to go towards planting additional trees

Project Contact
Deborah Gangloff
Executive Director
American Forests
P.O. Box 2000
Washington, DC 20013
(202) 737-1944


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