New Mexico Forest and
Watershed Restoration
We engage government agencies, academic research
institutions, land managers, and the public in the
areas of forest and watershed management.
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Monitoring crew maps “social” trails

Monitoring crew maps “social” trails

NMFWRI’s ecological monitoring team are continuing work on a project for the U.S. Forest Service, mapping out unofficial trails created by the public in the Jemez National Recreation Area. In the summer of 2023, the U.S. Forest Service contracted with NMFWRI’s ecological monitoring and GIS teams to map dispersed camping sites. They mapped and inventoried […]

Chipping vs. mulching

Chipping vs. mulching

What’s the difference between chipping and mulching? Collaboration technician Alejandro Collins did a deep dive into the ins and outs of both and some research into best practices for using the materials.  Find out more here: Chippings vs Mulch – Final

Monitoring field manual available

Monitoring field manual available

Gathering data about forest conditions is crucial for understanding whether or not treatments work. But how does one set up a plot, what are the measurements to take, and how should the date be interpreted? Find the answers in the new, step-by-step Protocols and Guidelines for Upland Forest Monitoring Field Manual,  produced by the NMFWRI […]

New Mexico Sunflowers

Want to learn about New Mexico Plants?

Plants are an integral part of the world around us. We’ve gathered a collection of resources for identification and care of the plants, trees, and grasses of New Mexico.

Fire history in the Four Corners

Wildfires in the Four Corners have grown larger in the last couple of decades. NMFWRI’s Dana Heusinkveld created this timeline of wildfires in the region encompassing New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah.

To see fires that are currently burning in New Mexico along with historic fire info in the NM Fire Viewer, click the button below.


The New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute provides technical assistance and practical knowledge in forest and woodland restoration to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and restore healthy and sustainable forested ecosystems and restoration-based economies.


NMFWRI represents the state’s only dedicated capability for supporting the spatial data analysis needs of external stakeholders in the natural resources sector, as well as the GIS/GPS capacity for Highlands University and for most of northern New Mexico.


Restoration based monitoring of New Mexico's forest and riparian ecosystems is integral to NMFWRI's mission.


The New Mexico Forest & Watershed Restoration Institute supports natural-resource-based collaboration by assisting communities to form collaborative organizations and build the capacity to work together to solve problems and restore natural habitats.