Resources for Private Landowners

Here we provide contact information and subject specific resources for private landowners on a variety of topics, such as forestry, grazing, and invasive species management.

Government agencies and other non-profit organizations in Colorado and New Mexico also offer resources and assistance to private landowners. Contact information for these resources can be found here.

Wildlife and fisheries

Return of the Native: Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout & Private Lands Stewardship

A Compilation of Mule Deer and Elk Population Data for the San Juan/Chama Basin (Watts)

Mule Deer and Elk Status Report for the San Juan/Chama Basin: 2014-2016 Update (Watts)

Fencing with Wildlife in Mind (Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

Biomass Utilization

Chama Healthy Forest and Wood Utilization Study (CPLA and EcoSphere Environmental Services)

Regional Assessment of the Timber Economy in Southwest Colorado 2015: Analysis of Forest Conditions, Market Trends, Wood-Processing Facilities and Harvest Activities for Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan Counties (Colorado Wood Utilization and Marketing Program)

Oil and gas

Conserving Lands and Prosperity: Seeking a proper balance between conservation and development in the Rocky Mountain West (Southwick Assoc., Fish and Wildlife Economics and Statistics)

Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission: " The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) is charged with fostering the responsible development of Colorado's oil and gas natural resources in a manner consistent with the protection of public health, safety, and welfare, including the environment and wildlife resources. Our agency seeks to serve, solicit participation from, and maintain working relationships with all those having an interest in Colorado's oil and gas natural resources."

State of New Mexico, Oil Conservation Division: The Oil Conservation Division regulates oil, gas, and geothermal activity in New Mexico.

A Primer on Oil and Gas Leases (Western Landowners Alliance)


Prescribed Fire and wildfire

New Mexico Fire Information:  An inter-agency effort to provide timely fire and restriction information for the state of New Mexico.

After Wildfire, A Guide For New Mexico Communities: Resources for communities and landowners to assist recovery after wildfire.

Fire Adapted NM Learning Network

New Mexico Prescribed Fire Council: The mission of the New Mexico Prescribed Fire Council is to encourage the exchange of information, techniques, and experiences among practitioners of prescribed fire in New Mexico, and to promote public understanding of the importance and benefits of safe prescribed fire use.

Controlled Burning on Private Land in New Mexico (Forest Stewards Guild publication)

The ABC's of a Controlled Burn (courtesy of The Nature Conservancy)

Click HERE to register to be notified of cooperative prescribed fire opportunities in New Mexico, opportunities to build knowledge of prescribed fire and to advance your wildland firefighter qualifications (Forest Stewards Guild).

Rio Arriba County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). Other CWPPs in New Mexico can be viewed New Mexico State Forestry website.


Invasive Species Management

USDA National Invasive Species Information Center: A comprehensive list of various state specific resources.


New Mexico

Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Invasive Species Info

Colorado Department of Agriculture, Noxious Weed Species

New Mexico Department of Agriculture, Noxious Weed Information

New Mexico State University, Weed Database


Grazing Management

USDA: Grazing Management and Soil Health (publication)

National Grazing Lands Coalition

A Summary of Livestock Grazing Systems Used on Rangelands in the Western United States and Canada (University of Arizona Cooperative Extension publication)

Grazing Management: An Art and Science (Rangelands, October 2002, Vol 25, Number 5, pages 22-26)