Programs & Services

Forest Stewardship

Forest Stewardship Program

The New Mexico Forest Stewardship Program assists private forest landowners to manage their forest and related resources more actively; keep their lands in a productive and healthy condition; and increase the economic and environmental benefits.

The technical assistance is available to landowners and land managers interested in achieving multiple benefits from their land. The program also recognizes landowners who apply good stewardship practices on their forested land.

The program is managed in concert with the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USFS) State and Private Cooperative Forestry Program. Forestry agencies across the country receive funding from the USFS to provide the program in their state.


In New Mexico, participation in the program will help you become a better manager of your forested property or land suitable for growing trees. Good stewardship will provide diversified wildlife habitats, family recreation, improved soil and water quality, as well as ensuring adequate timber supplies and maintaining options for the future.


  • You are eligible if you own a minimum of 10 acres but not more than 1,000 acres of forested land. Non-forested land suitable for growing trees may also qualify. Waivers may be granted for exceptions up to 5,000 acres.
  • A forest stewardship plan must be developed by a resource professional and approved by the State Forester. Stewardship practices must be maintained for 10 years. The management plan will address landowner objectives, fish and wildlife, threatened and endangered species, soil, water, wetlands, recreation, aesthetics, cultural resources, and timber resources for the property. Forest stewardship and management plan outlines and landowner templates are available in PDF format.
  • You can take the first step by contacting your local Forestry Division district office listed below or email us at

The New Mexico Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee addresses stewardship planning, implementation concerns and overall program coordination. Members of the Committee are: NM Forestry Division, USDA Forest Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA consolidated Farm Services Agency, NM Cooperative Extension Service, NM Soil and Water Conservation Commission, NM Association of Conservation Districts, US Forest Industries, NM Tree Farm Committee, NM Wildlife Federation, NM Department of Game & Fish, USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs, NM State University, Jemez Pueblo, and Consulting Foresters.

You may also be interested in the Tree Farm Program.


District 1 - CHAMA


District 3 - SOCORRO

HC 32, Box 2 1701 Enterprise
Socorro, NM 87801


District 5 - CAPITAN


District 2 - CIMARRON


District 4 - LAS VEGAS

HC 33, Box 109 #4                                
Las Vegas, NM 87701


District 6 - BERNALILLO

5105 Santa Fe Hills Blvd NE               
Rio Rancho, NM 87144

Forest Service LogoFunding for this program is provided by the USDA Forest Service. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.