New Mexico Forest Health Initiative

The New Mexico Forest Health Initiative assists private landowners, state managed lands, municipalities, and Tribes with improving forest health by increasing resilience to forest pests such as bark beetles, pathogens, and drought.

New Mexico Forest Health Initiative

The New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department Forestry Division manages and directs the Forest Health Initiative via funding from the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry. Forest Stewards Guild's Southwestern Region processes landowner reimbursements. The Forest Stewards Guild is proud to partner with the New Mexico Forestry Division on this important program to improve the health of New Mexico's forests. Forest Stewards Guild strives to process reimbursements in an efficient and timely manner. 


Tax Deduction for Forest Loss in the 2017 Tax Year, USDA guidance.

Federal income tax guidance from the USDA Forest Service for private forest landowners (2013).
Pages 43-44 are most relevant to the FHI program. Funding for FHI originates with the Western Bark Beetle Initiative. Contact your tax advisor for guidance specific to your situation.

Learn more about the program by accessing State Forestry's program overview.

Learn about the suite of programs offered by State Forestry for private landowners.

Read the 2017 Forest Health Conditions Report. View a presentation on the 2016 Forest Health Conditions in New Mexico from State Forestry and read the .

Interested in how insects and disease are affecting our forests over time? Check out the 2016 Forest Health Conditions Report, the 2015 New Mexico Forest Heath Conditions Report, or the 2014 Conditions Report.

Forest Health Initiative Criteria:

  1. Parcel is at high risk of forest pests or pathogens, particularly bark beetles. 
  2. Parcel is in need of a Forest Stewardship Management Plan.
  3. Parcel is part of a larger watershed or landscape scale effort.

For more information about New Mexico's Forest Health Initiative please contact: 

John Formby, Ph.D.
Forest Health Specialist
NM State Forestry Division
1220 S. St. Francis Dr.
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Documentation and Additional Information