Tree New Mexico is dedicated to ensuring sustainable forests in urban and rural communities and natural areas through restoration, public education and advocacy.
We plant trees to keep New Mexico clean, beautiful & healthy.
Tree New Mexico (TNM) was initially formed out of concern for the environment by local high school students on the premise that tree planting is an important and worthwhile national and community effort and goal. Incorporated in May of 1990 and recognized locally and nationally, TNM is known to be one of the most successful urban and rural tree planting efforts in the nation. Since our founding in 1990, our partners and volunteers have helped plant over 1,250,000 trees in New Mexico, and on Navajoland in Arizona.
- Build strong and effective partnerships with all levels of public and private organizations.
- Plant and care for trees in forests, along rivers and in urban and community areas on public lands.
- Provide environmental tree-based education for citizens of all ages.
- Serve as an urban and community forestry advocate.
- Outreach to under-served communities.
- Build public awareness about the importance of trees in their communities and the nation.
Tree New Mexico Board of Directors
James A. Maddox, Member
Jim was born in Denver, Colorado but grew up in Bosque Farms, New Mexico. The 4H was a major part of his life as animals, plants and trees have always been of interest. Jim developed a rural area watering system to keep juvenile trees, shrubs and even gardens alive in remote areas without access to well water! He is the owner of Jim’s Automotive, an Auto mechanic and Repair Shop and has been active with Tree New Mexico and a member of the Board of Directors for over 15 years.
Gary Benton, Treasurer
Retired Intel Corp engineer, Gary is now running his own business.
Ray Benton, Member
Owner: Benton Co.
Ray has owned is owned his own accounting business for 30 years. He is a graduate of Andrews University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Organization and completed studies in the Master of Business Administration graduate program.
Shannon Horst, Executive Director
Shannon Horst joined Tree New Mexico in Feb 2018, and comes with lots executive director experience having served with several other non-profits.
Suzanne Probart, Acting President, Founding Director
Suzanne serves as the acting president and is the founding director of Tree New Mexico. She has guided Tree New Mexico into a nationally recognized and commended environmental tree planting and education organization. She currently serves on the New Mexico Tree Planting Advisory Committee, and the New Mexico Urban Forest Council. Suzanne also helped Navajo agencies and government officials establish Navajo Nation Arbor Day, and assist other communities in earning their Tree City USA designations.
Board Members Emeritus
Robert and Patricia Gooch (Retired)
Pat Gooch is a founding member of Tree New Mexico. She also served as the Volunteer and Seedling Program Coordinator for Tree New Mexico for eleven years. Longtime interests in sciences, environment & spirituality. Bob Gooch was employed for 38 years in semi-conductor industry and retired from Intel Corp. He also served in the U.S. Army for three years and continues to serve as Tree New Mexico volunteer when possible.
Tree New Mexico Staff & Volunteers
Staff & Volunteers
Shannon Horst, Executive Director
Betta Eisenberg, Program and Nursery Manager
Jeff Sipley, Environmental Educator
Sue Probart, Founding Director
Local, State and National Partners
It is thanks to our many partners and supporters that Tree New Mexico is such a productive and vital organization. Tree New Mexico partners with a variety of organizations at the local, state and national levels:
Tree New Mexico has worked with school groups and students of all ages since it was founded in 1990. To date, more than 7,000 students from 173 schools in 47 communities in New Mexico and Arizona have participated in our classroom sessions and activities. TNM provides guest teachers who give environmental education presentations based on trees and ecosystems; learning activities that engage children’s interest; appropriate educational materials to leave with each classroom; and trees for the school campus.
In the years since its inception, Tree New Mexico has provided trees and brought educational programs to more than 135 communities in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. We are committed to outreach and partnership, working with communities regardless of their size or location. Although many small communities lack the resources and technical expertise needed to establish and maintain formal community forestry programs, they do have the inspiration, volunteers, and commitment to plant and maintain trees in parks, open spaces, along streets, and in other greenspaces.
Federal and State Public Lands
Tree New Mexico provides trees and volunteer services to national forests, state parks, wildlife preserves, state monuments, etc. Our conservation efforts include replanting burn sites; restoring riparian zones along rivers, lakes, wetlands, and streams; and reclaiming lands damaged by over-grazing, often working with ranchers to rotate herds so that neither the environment nor the family business is lost.
Other Groups & Organizations
Tree New Mexico welcomes the opportunity to build relationships with other organizations and service groups, including neighborhood associations, businesses and corporations, Boy Scouts, Rotarians, Jaycees, Civitans, PTAs, school environmental and service clubs, churches, etc. Because these organizations generally have members who are already active in environmental and community activities, they offer an existing volunteer base from which to draw support for various projects. Tree New Mexico provides a convenient, quality means for the groups to get involved.