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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: Replanting Trees In The Jemez Mountains

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August 10, 2018 – When the Las Conchas wildfire burned more than 150,000 acres of forest in the Jemez Mountains, the forest itself shifted. The 2011 fire killed trees, like ponderosa mines and other conifers, and new trees couldn’t grow back. Seed sources were destroyed—and the forest was warmer, as a result of warming over the past four decades.

Today, the University of New Mexico’s Matthew Hurteau is trying to understand how the landscape has changed, and which species of trees will be able to survive in the future. It’s just one way scientists are trying to connect science and policy-making.

On this month’s episode of Our Land, Hurteau takes us back to the burn scar in the Jemez and to the greenhouse on the roof of UNM’s Department of Biology.

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