Community Tree Planting Events
Tree New Mexico partners with neighborhood associations, schools, Scout troops, government agencies, and other community and civic groups, and helps coordinate tree events for the spring and fall planting seasons. We provide trees, tools, technical advice, and training, as well as encouragement and support throughout the planting event process.
Early every year, Tree New Mexico and the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division coordinate the efforts of volunteer groups who work to restore the Bosque by “pole planting.”
In this process, cottonwood and willow tree “poles” are cut and planted during the dormant winter season. Poles are usually suckers that come up from the base of an older, established tree. The poles are fairly straight, stripped of most of their lateral branches (leaving the top 15-25 percent), and run from 10 to 18 feet long and from two to four inches in caliper. There are no roots. Holes six to ten feet deep (reaching the water table) are drilled along waterways and the poles are “planted,” and the holes backfilled by the volunteer groups.
When spring hits, the poles send out new leaves along the remaining branches, and roots along the shaft of the buried part of the pole. As the tree establishes its new and more traditional root system, the buried part of the pole begins to rot away. This restoration method is very cost effective, establishing a forest of six to twelve foot tall trees in a few years time with an estimated survival rate of about 85 percent!
Why Bosque restoration efforts are important?
The riparian habitats of New Mexico’s rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands are in a state of crisis:
- 95% of New Mexico’s riparian areas are gone
- Flood control has eliminated the seasonal flooding native species must have to reproduce
- Exotic species have taken over hundreds of thousands of acres of the state’s riparian ecosystems, displacing wildlife, eliminating native flora, and using large amounts of water
- The cottonwood and willow Bosques of New Mexico are home to more than 80 state and federally listed threatened and endangered species
This program uses site-appropriate seedlings to help reforest one of New Mexico’s national forests or state parks in order to speed recovery after a fire or other natural events.
Dedication Tree Program
If you are interested in our Dedication Tree Program, please contact Tree New Mexico at 505-265-4554. If you’re ready to dedicate your tree, you may either fill out and submit the online form (below), or print it out and mail to:
Tree New Mexico
3535 Princeton Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107