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     NEW MEXICO TREE FARM PROGRAM




                   Master Plan for Years
                       2008 to 2013




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                                                   TABLE OF CONTENTS



                                              Table of Contents
I.    INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................... 3
II. AMERICAN TREE FARM SYSTEM HISTORY.................................................................. 3
III. HISTORY OF TREE FARMING IN NEW MEXICO............................................................. 3
IV. Wooded Areas of New Mexico .......................................................................................... 4
V. OPERATION OF THE NEW MEXICO TREE FARM PROGRAM ...................................... 5
      A. Management and Meetings .......................................................................................... 5
      B. Scope, Present and Future........................................................................................... 7
      C. Assistance Programs..................................................................................................... 8
VI. STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESS OF THE NEW MEXICO TREE FARM PROGRAM ........ 9
      A. Strengths ...................................................................................................................... 9
      B. Weaknesses ................................................................................................................ 10
      C. Obstacles .................................................................................................................... 10
VII. MISSION STATEMENT, GOALS, OBJECTIVES AND PROPOSED ACTIONS.............. 11
      A .Goals and Supporting Actions ..................................................................................... 11
VIII. PROGRAM EVALUATION .............................................................................................. 13
      A. Purpose of Evaluation................................................................................................. 13
IX. CONCLUSIONS............................................................................................................... 14
2008 New Mexico Tree Farm Program Targeted Accomplishments / Work Plan .................... 15




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I.     INTRODUCTION
       This plan is intended to serve as a blueprint for New Mexico Tree Farm Program
       activities for the years 2008 to 2013. While not totally inconclusive on goals, objectives
       and program areas, it will provide a blueprint to move the program forward and
       accomplish the mission of the New Mexico Tree Farm Committee. Additions,
       corrections, and deletions, are always a part of a long-term, multi-year plan, and this
       one will be no different

       A. Mission Statement
             The mission of the New Mexico Tree Farm Program is to encourage and educate
             Tree Farmers in their management of their land to the highest standards of good
             stewardship, the reward of which will be healthier forests, cleaner water, better
             habitat for wildlife and increased recreational opportunities.

II.    AMERICAN TREE FARM SYSTEM HISTORY
       The American Tree Farm System (ATFS) is one of the oldest non-industrial forestland
       recognition programs in America and dates back to 1941 when Weyerhaeuser
       dedicated 120,000 acres in Washington as the first tree farm. Additional history of the
       program can be found at www.treefarmsystem.org. ATFS is supported by the American
       Forest Foundation (AFF), and is one of four conservation programs that assist private
       forest landowners in the United States.

III.   HISTORY OF TREE FARMING IN NEW MEXICO

       New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Virginia joined the American Tree Farm System in
       1947. There is reason to believe that there was at least some rudimentary organized
       tree farming in New Mexico before that date. New Mexico’s State Legislature created
       the first Forestry Conservation Commission in 1957 and the Commission, in turn,
       appointed the first State Forester (Ray L. Bell) in 1958. The first certified tree farm in
       the state was the Mundy Ranch near Chama. It is not known who coordinated the
       program for the Forestry Division (FD) between 1961 and 1972, but in 1972, the
       Division’s Chief of Forest Management, Garrett Blackwell, took over the coordination of
       the program and had it until his retirement in 1998 when the current coordinator, Doug
       Boykin, was assigned this duty.

       New Mexico Tree Farm Committee acquired 501c3 status in 2004.




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IV. WOODED AREAS OF NEW MEXICO




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V.    OPERATION OF THE NEW MEXICO TREE FARM PROGRAM

      A.    Management and Meetings
            The ATFS promulgates its various programs through the New Mexico Tree Farm
            Committee.

            The New Mexico       Tree   Farm   Committee    officers     have   the   following
            responsibilities:

            1. Continue/maintain goals and objectives to complement ATFS guidelines and
                goals.
            2. Evaluate program progress against objective standards.
            3. Pursue funding for basic program needs as well as special projects.
            4. Schedule regular meetings and field events for New Mexico Tree Farmers,
                neighbors and friends.
            5. Publish a newsletter.
            6. Coordinate and keep accurate records for Tree Farm inspections.
            7. Promote stewardship planning and regular updating of plans.
            8. Promote regional Tree Farm Committees in those areas that are “ready”.
            9. Choose the Tree Farmer of the Year every year and Inspecting Forester of
                the Year in odd-numbered years.
            10. Staff the NMTF display at county and state fairs as possible.
            11. Try to keep abreast of new workload requirements from ATFS staff, etc.

            The meetings of the New Mexico Tree Farm Committee are conducted according
            to Roberts Rules of Order. Agendas are sent to Committee members several
            weeks in advance of the meetings. Agendas usually include Opening and
            Introduction; Approval of Agenda; Approval of Minutes; Approval of Treasurer’s
            Report; Old Business; New Business; Reports of the Chairman, Advisor and
            BYTF Advisor; and Adjournment (time adjourned: date, time and place for new
            meeting).

            Tree Farmers for the New Mexico program are inspected by private consulting
            foresters as well as by New Mexico Forestry Division employees. They are most
            often the first contact with prospective members for the Tree Farm Program.
            They are available to help with forestry problems. They conduct Tree Farm
            inspections and re-inspections. They provide the nominees for the Tree Farmer
            of the Year completion.




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            The New Mexico Tree Farm Committee generally meets in Albuquerque, which is
            central to most of the members. The meetings are sometimes held in
            conjunction with the New Mexico Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee.
            The Chairman of the New Mexico Tree Farm Committee represents the Tree
            Farm Program as a voting member of the Stewardship Coordinating Committee.

            The Tree Farm Committee holds its Fall Field Day at the Tree Farmer of the
            Year’s property, generally in October. There is a brief business session (annual
            reports, plans for new projects, ATFS concerns, etc.), followed by presentations
            of certificates and recognition plaques. If available there is usually a drawing for
            Tree Farm items. Experts are invited to discuss tree insects, tree pruning, tree
            thinning, noxious weeds, etc., with questions and answers afterward. The host
            and hostess Tree Farmers lead a “show and tell” walking tour so that their fellow
            Tree Farmers will know how they earned their prestigious award and title. Meals
            are sometimes served, depending on funding. Throughout the day, newcomers
            and attendees are able to catch bits of wisdom from the various conversations.

            The Spring New Mexico Tree Farm Committee Meeting is generally held in
            March and is where yearly business is transacted. The annual budget is
            finalized. Grants project reports are given and noted. Nominations for the Tree
            Farmer and Inspecting Forester of the Year are reviewed, selections are made
            and winners are announced.

            The New Mexico Tree Farm Program’s annual budget is a mix of pass- through-
            funding and special allowances apportioned by the National Operating
            Committee (NOC). The New Mexico Forestry Division contributes in-kind
            support, as well as cash outlay for the Committee Chairman’s travel expenses for
            meetings.

            The Committee has applied to the American Forest Foundation’s Grant Program
            for funds to support new projects or expand past projects. The Committee plans
            to continue tapping into this valuable resource with innovative and worthwhile
            grant proposals.

            The Committee publishes the New Mexico Tree Farm Newsletter on a periodic
            basis to provide timely national, state and local Tree Farm and forestry related
            information to its New Mexico Tree Farmers. Articles cover a wide range of
            topics. An effort will be made to have feature articles about forest thinning, insect
            and disease control, the Backyard Tree Farm Program, and small acreage Tree
            Farms.




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            The committee also publishes a monthly “Bulletin” that is mailed out to every
            Tree Farmer in the state. The format is usually no more than one or two pages
            and deals with current Tree Farm issues.


      B.    Scope, Present and Future
            New Mexico currently has about 200 Tree Farmers and 161,000 acres enrolled in
            the program (November, 2007 figures). The private land base that supports the
            program consists of 4,000,000 acres of wooded/forested lands, which means that
            currently only six percent of the available forested lands signed up in the Tree
            Farm Program.

            New Mexico is made up of 33 counties with varying topography and vegetation
            types. The vegetation types range from the Chihuahuan Desert in the south to
            sub-alpine spruce-fir in the north. Tree Farms are located in the all forest habitat
            types, which includes riparian areas, piñon/juniper, ponderosa pine, and in the
            high altitude mixed conifer and spruce-fir stands.

            In the last 20 years, many of these private landholdings have been subdivided
            into smaller parcels. These smaller parcels have become prime candidates for
            Tree Farm Program; some as certified Tree Farms, but most as Pioneer Tree
            Farms.

            Whenever possible, Certified Tree Farmers receive their certificates and signs in
            public ceremonies with local newspaper coverage present. Certified Tree
            Farmers are then given the rights and privileges of being a Certified Tree Farm,
            as identified by the national program manual.

            It is hoped that once a Tree Farm becomes certified, the owners will become
            Tree Farm ambassadors and spread the message of sustainable forestry. There
            are also opportunities to visit with state legislators, forestry industry
            representatives, environmental protection groups and other politicians to inform
            these groups on the Tree Farm Program and sound forest management.




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            C.      Assistance Programs
            The New Mexico Tree Farm Program maintains ties with a number of ATFS,
            Federal, and State programs designed to provide information, education and
            technical assistance, along with project funds.

            They include:

                   American Forest Foundation – Grant Program
                          1998 - New Mexico Tree Farm Newsletter Development
                                  and Pamphlet
                          1999 - New Mexico Tree Farm Program Display
                          2000 - New Mexico Tree Farm Program Directory
                          2001 - Demonstration Forest in these Districts
                                  Bernalillo, (Dedicated – 2002
                                  Cimarron, (Dedicated – 2002)
                                  Las Vegas (Dedicated – 2003)
                          2002 - Demonstration Forest in these Districts
                                 Socorro, (Dedicated – 2003)
                                  Chama (Dedication – 2004)
                          2003 - “Tree Farms Never Have Enough Blue Birds”
                                 Project (500 Blue Bird Box Kits distributed to students
                                 throughout the state)
                          2004 – Request funds for updating of Tree Farms Directory and
                                 establishment of Forestry Curriculum for New Mexico’s
                                 schools. Did not receive
                          2005 Requested Funds for financial assistance to completed
                                 Demonstration Forest to improve signs, complete landowner
                                 survey, and assist with newsletters. Received partial funding
                          2006 Did not submit Grant Request.
                          2007 NM Forestry Camp Assistance Grant
                                 Philmont Demonstration Forest Signs

                   Forest Stewardship Program
                           Stewardship Plan Development


                   Forestry Legacy Program
                           Designed to identify and protect environmentally sensitive forest
                           lands from non-forest uses (i.e. subdivisions). Protection will be
                           accomplished by purchasing conservation easements from private
                           landowners. Many Tree Farmers in the state may be interested in
                           this type of activity.




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                   Forest Re-Leaf Program
                          This program promotes protection of soil and water by encouraging
                          and arranging for tree planting projects in public locations
                          throughout the state. These tree-planting projects have been
                          completed in local areas, such as school grounds, community
                          parks, fire departments and other public places.


                   New Mexico Forestry Camp
                       The Cuba Soil and Water Conservation District has sponsored a
                       forestry camp in north central New Mexico since 1990. The Camp
                       is held at the Rancho de Chaparral Girl Scout Camp, which has
                       been a certified Tree Farm since 2002. Field trips have been taken
                       to other certified Tree Farms in the area. The Tree Farm Program
                       has, in years of increased funding, supplied scholarships for
                       deserving campers.


VI.   STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE NEW MEXICO TREE
      FARM PROGRAM

      A.    Strengths
            1. Long standing New Mexico Tree Farm Committee in place.
            2. Development of the Demonstration Forest in Forestry Division Districts.
            3. Assistance and program administration from the New Mexico Forestry
               Division.
            4. The New Mexico program has been able to complete at least 95 percent of all
               Tree Farm re-inspections since 1999.
            5. Support of the NM Forestry Camp.
            6. People involved with the program are passionate about natural resource
               management, restoration, use, and enjoyment.
            7. Only viable Backyard Tree Farm Program in the nation.
            8. Consulting Foresters available for involvement in the program.
            9. Private land base that supports the program.




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      B.    Weaknesses
            1. Reliance on funding from the National Office based on the number of Tree
               Farmers in the state.
            2. Inspecting Foresters from other areas of the profession have been trained but
               have not been really involved in the program. Additional inspectors are
               needed to continue growth of the program.
            3. Retention of Tree Farmers and getting and keeping them involved in
               activities.
            4. The New Mexico Tree Farm Program has never had a Regional or National
               Tree Farm winner.
            5. Tree Farmer attendance at meetings and field days is not very consistent.


      C.    Obstacles

           1. 5th largest state makes travel to Tree Farm events challenging.
           2. Current size of forest industry infrastructure limits involvement and
               opportunities for forest management.




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VII. MISSION STATEMENT, GOALS, OBJECTIVES AND
     PROPOSED ACTIONS
            “The mission of the New Mexico Tree Farm Program is to encourage and
            educate Tree Farmers in their management of their land to the highest
            standards of good stewardship, the reward of which will be healthier
            forests, cleaner water, better habitat for wildlife and increased recreational
            opportunities”.

            With this mission in mind, following are the goals and objectives for Years
            2008 to 2013.

            1. Maintain and enhance the New Mexico Tree Farm Program by increasing
               enrollment and quality
            2. To plan and execute an aggressive package of funding options that supports
               technology transfer, outreach and education programs statewide.
            3. Work to develop leadership to create Regional Tree Farm Committees,
            4. Support the current East Mountain Backyard Tree Farm Program and work to
               increase the number of Backyard Tree Farm Chapters in the state.
            5. Where possible, work with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
               (NRCS) local Working Groups to make sure that forest landowners are given
               the opportunity to apply for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
               and Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program (WHIP) funding.
            6. Complete Tree Farms inspections in accordance with the ATFS national
               sample, and complete at least 75 % of the State’s 5 year re-inspections.
            7. Support the New Mexico Forest Industry Association (NMFIA) and the New
               Mexico Sawmill Association (NMSA) when possible.
            8. Place pictures, information and maps on Tree Farm web pages, part of the FD
               website, for all Demonstration Forests.

      A.    Goals and Supporting Actions

            1. Maintain and enhance the New Mexico Tree Farm Program by increasing
               enrollment and quality.

               Increase enrollment, graduate Pioneer Tree Farmers to Certified,
               decertify Tree Farmers when appropriate.

            2. To plan and execute an aggressive package of funding options that supports
               technology transfer, outreach and education programs statewide.

               The New Mexico Tree Farm Committee will apply for yearly ATFS small
               grants as well as explore the opportunities to sell products made from
               woody material gathered or donated from Tree Farmers throughout the


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               state. This could possibly be done in coordination with NMFIA and/or
               NMSA.

               The New Mexico Tree Farm Committee will engage assistance to seek
               other grant sources for yearly projects as identified by the Committee.

               Maintain and increase use and visitation opportunities to the
               Demonstration Forests

               Continue Newsletter and Bulletin publication and distribution through
               mail, website and other avenues.

            3. Work to develop leadership to create Regional Tree Farm Committees

               Technical assistance is available from the committee and FD.
               Developing self-organizing skills and a smaller reliance on the FD would
               help organizations be self governed and experience true grass roots
               growth.


            4. Support the current East Mountain Backyard Tree Farm Program and
               Increase the number of Backyard Tree Farm Chapters and incorporate them
               into the larger NM Tree Farm Committee.

               District offices will assist where possible. Prime areas for new
               development of Backyard Tree Farm Programs include Angel Fire, Red
               River, Ruidoso, Silver City, Jemez Mountains, Chama, Brazos and
               subdivisions in Catron, San Miguel and Mora counties.

            5. Where possible, work with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
               (NRCS) local Working Groups to make sure that forest landowners are given
               the opportunity to apply for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
               and Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program (WHIP) funding.

               The NM Tree Farm Committee will work with local county committee to
               make sure that EQIP and WHIP funding is available to forest
               landowners.

            6. Complete Tree Farms inspections in accordance with the ATFS national
               sample, and complete at least 75 % of the State’s 5 year re-inspections.

               Conduct inspections as per national program management guidelines.

            7. Support the New Mexico Forest Industry Association (NMFIA) and the New
               Mexico Sawmill Association (NMSA) when possible.

               Research opportunities to assist these groups.
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            8. Place pictures, information and maps on Tree Farm web pages, part of the
               FD website, for all Demonstration Forests.

               Provide information to the FD webmaster quarterly for posting on the
               web.


VIII. PROGRAM EVALUATION
      A.    Purpose of Evaluation
            Evaluations are performed to determine to what degree Goals and Objectives
            have been accomplished. They also identify problems and corrective actions to
            be taken.

            The New Mexico Tree Farm Program will evaluate accomplishments on a
            yearly basis, preferably at the last meeting of the year. Following are
            criteria to be evaluated to determine effectiveness of the program:

            Goal 1:
                a) Number of Pioneer Tree Farmers enrolled in program. (Signifies
                    growth)
                b) Number of Pioneer Tree Farmers graduated to certified status.
                    (Signifies activity and dedication)
                c) Number of Pioneer and Certified Tree Farmers decertified.
                    (Signifies quality)
            Goal 2:
                d) Grants applied for. (Signifies strategic planning)
                e) Grants funded. (Signifies dedication and follow-through)
                f) Number of newsletters & bulletins published each year. (Signifies
                    outreach and continuing education)
                g) Progress on demonstration forests.            (Work Days, complete
                    improvement projects, build interpretive stations, forestry work
                    [thinning])
                h) Number of yearly visits to the demonstration forests. (Signifies
                    outreach and number of visitors gaining skill in natural resource
                    management)
            Goal 3:
                i) Number of Committee meetings versus number of actual Tree Farm
                    activities. (Signifies planning and outreach)
            Goal 4:
                j) Number of Backyard Tree Farm activities. (Signifies planning and
                    outreach)




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             Goal 5:
                 k) Increase number of NRCS/SWCD Local Working Groups that
                     earmark cost-share dollars to forestry practices.
                          (Signifies collaboration and supporting forest landowners)
                          [Baseline: 3 groups earmarked funds for FY2008]
             Goal 6:
                 l) Number of Certified Tree Farmers inspected. (Signifies support)
                 m) Meet yearly inspections completed as per ATFS national sample
                     requirements. (Signifies accountability)
             Goal 7:
                 n) Increase opportunities for utilization of local forest products.
                     (Signifies collaboration and supporting forest landowners)
             Goal 8:
                 o) Maintain web pages with up-to-date information. (Signifies planning
                     and outreach)


IX.   CONCLUSIONS
   The New Mexico Tree Farm Program is active and spreading the message of sustainable
   forestry on private lands throughout the state. We are very proud of our tree farmers and
   work hard to get them involved in forestry related issues where possible.

   Our Tree Farm program inspectors are very motivated and look forward to working with the
   landowners. This is “service forestry” at it’s best.




   _________________________________          _______________________________________
    Harry Morrison, Chairman                   Doug Boykin, Advisor
    NM Tree Farm Committee                     NM Forestry Division




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2008 New Mexico Tree Farm Program Targeted Accomplishments / Work Plan
                                                                                  Target      Actual
 Goal 1:
 a) Number of Pioneer Tree Farmers enrolled in program.                               20
 b) Number of Pioneer Tree Farmers graduated to certified status.                     20
 c) Number of Pioneer and Certified Tree Farmers decertified.                         10
 Goal 2:
 d) Grants applied for.                                                               2
 e) Grants funded.                                                                    1
 f)  Number of newsletters & bulletins published each year.                           3/12
 g) Progress on demonstration forests.                                                5
 h) Number of yearly visitors to the demonstration forests.                           6,000
 Goal 3:
 i)  Number of Committee meetings versus number of actual Tree Farm activities.       3/1
 Goal 4:
 j)  Number of Backyard Tree Farm activities.                                         4
 Goal 5:
 k) Increase number of NRCS/SWCD Local Working Groups that earmark cost-share
         dollars to forestry practices.                                               3
 Goal 6:
 l)  Number of Certified Tree Farmers inspected.                                      60
 m) Meet yearly inspections completed as per ATFS national sample requirements.       4
 Goal 7:
 n) Increase opportunities for utilization of local forest products.
 Goal 8:
 o) Maintain web pages with up-to-date information (updates/yr).                      4




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