Law Enforcement Objectives
The Forestry Division Law Enforcement Program is responsible for protecting New Mexico’s forested land and maintaining the best forest management practices through the implementation of New Mexico state statutes and the Division’s regulations. The following objectives have been established:
- To inform and educate the public of existing state statutes and Division regulations.
- Develop and participate in statewide prevention programs.
- Maintain an awareness of conditions and situations that may lead to violations of Division regulations and state statutes.
- Build a public trust by showing a greater presence and availability to the private landowner by conducting regular patrols and answering public complaints in a timely manner.
- Build cooperation with other state and local law enforcement agencies with regard to Division regulations and state statutes.
- Apply firm and consistent law enforcement by conducting thorough investigations.
- Comply with the judicial procedures.
With the authority provided in NMSA 1978, Section 68-2-14, the Division is also authorized to enforce the following laws:
The Division only possesses authority under the following section as it relates to timber, trees, and firewood. It does not possess authority over extraction or removal of minerals, gas, etc.
Forestry Division Rule filed as: