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Our Land: Urban Forests

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November 9, 2018—In an arid city like Albuquerque, which most people associate with cactus and sage, trees and the urban forest are important. They provide shade and habitat and help cool the urban landscape. But they also require special care, given the arid climate, drought, and warming. Correspondent Laura Paskus visits with the City of Albuquerque’s forester, Joran Viers on the November episode of Our Land.

For more information on tree species to plant and how to take care of them, here are some resources Viers recommends:

U.S. Forests Service’s Tree Owner’s Manual

Planting trees in landscapes

Advice on planting a tree

Getting to the root of your tree problems

Designing with Trees in Mind: All about the roots

And here’s the list of recommended trees for Albuquerque that Viers shared with Our Land:

Evergreen (conifers):

  •            Austrian black pine
  •            Scotch pine
  •            Deodar cedar
  •            Blue atlas cedar


Large deciduous (need space and water!):

  •            Valley cottonwood (pollen or cotton issues)
  •            London plane sycamore
  •            ‘Accolade’ elm
  •            ‘Jefferson’ elm
  •            Bur oak
  •            Japanese pagoda tree


Medium deciduous:

  •            Texas red oak
  •            Hackberry (both netleaf and common)
  •            Chinese pistache
  •            ‘Emerald sunshine’ elm
  •            Kentucky coffee tree
  •            Littleleaf linden
  •            Golden rain tree

Our Land: Midterm Elections And The Environment

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October 12, 2018 — Clean air and water are important to everyone, no matter where they live or what their political views might be. Here in New Mexico, we have challenges with drought, climate change, public lands, and even energy development. Environment issues also dovetail with the economy and public health.

And yet, most candidates don’t talk about the environment, drought, water or even the resilience of agriculture in the state as the region warms and water supplies tighten.

On Our Land this month, Correspondent Laura Paskus talks about where the environment fits into this year’s election with Lonna Atkeson, a professor in the Political Science Department at the University of New Mexico, and Adrian Oglesby, director of the Utton Transboundary Resources Center at UNM’s School of Law.

Why don’t most candidates talk about the environment, unless they’re pressed to do so, and how much does the environment matter to voters? And what will New Mexico’s next governor, and the 2019 New Mexico Legislature, need to address when it comes to water, the environment, and state agencies right off the bat in the new year?

Lonna Atkeson, professor, UNM Political Science Department
Adrian Oglesby, director, Utton Transboundary Resources Center, UNM Law School