Programs & Services

District I – Chama


17013 B, US Highway 84/64
Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575

(for mail)
HC 75, Box 100
Chama, NM 87520
Ph: 575-588-7831
Fax: 575-588-7333

The Chama Forestry District office is on US-84 at the NM-512 turnoff, 10 miles south of Chama, New Mexico. The district’s land base includes Rio Arriba and San Juan Counties, and the western half of Taos County. This area includes 357,000 acres of private commercial forestland, and 88,000 acres of state and private non-commercial forestland. The district’s primary focus is to nurture working relationships with landowners, land management agencies, and local governments to provide for landscape scale sustainable management of our forest resources. This includes various forest treatments, suppression of wildland fires, and public education.

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MARY STUEVER has served as District Forester since 2010. She has a B.S. in Forest Management from Oklahoma State University, and a M.S. in Biology (Fire Ecology) from the University of New Mexico. As District Forester, Mary provides oversight for all district programs, serves as line officer, and ensures district operations meet division objectives. In this capacity, Mary fosters relationships with partner agencies and supports the timber and biomass industry in the district. Mary’s key focus is on fostering healthy and resilient forests as well as communities that support–and are supported by–sustainable forest activities.

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PABLO MONTENEGRO, Chama District Fire Management Officer (FMO), comes to us from Las Vegas, New Mexico has been with the district since July 2008. He is responsible for fire prevention planning, wildland fire suppression, coordinating fire training courses with Rio Arriba and San Juan Counties, and managing the district’s suppression resources. The district responds to approximately 50 wildfires each year, with another 100+ handled by cooperating rural and municipal volunteer fire departments. The district has a number of wildland urban interface areas that are of great concern in terms of protection. Pablo works with these communities and their Volunteer Fire Departments (VFD) to educate homeowners on the importance of defensible space. When various grants are available, Pablo assists the VFD’s with applying for funding to acquire apparatus and personal protective equipment. Pablo is the Chama District Regional Coordinator for Firewise Communities.

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JOE CARRILLO has served the Chama District since 2005 and is the District’s Timber Management Officer (TMO). He received his B.S. in Environmental Science Management from New Mexico Highlands University. As TMO, he assists landowners with forest management plans, provides on-site technical forestry advice, and inspects timber harvesting operations to ensure compliance with NM State Forestry’s harvesting regulations. He manages the District Tree Farm Program and educates landowners on the importance of sustainable forest management. Joe also helps collaborating agencies, such as local Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), seek funding opportunities to implement hazardous fuel removal and defensible space projects. One of his goals is to improve the capabilities of the district to provide for research opportunities for forestry students at Northern New Mexico College and New Mexico Highlands University.

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SUSAN BEAVER is the Chama District Business Operations Specialist. Susan keeps the administrative process flowing smoothly and ensures that the district adheres to New Mexico procurement guidelines and that budget expenditures correspond with what is allocated for the district. She is the district’s administrative officer, purchasing agent, dispatcher, budget analyst, and receptionist.