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Our Land: Urban Forests

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