Resources for Private Landowners

Here we provide contact information and other resources for private landowners in a variety of subject areas, such as forestry, grazing, and invasive species management.

agency and non-profit resources


new Mexico state forestry

Chama District Office:

17013 B, US Highway 84/64

Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575
(for mail)
HC 75, Box 100
Chama, NM 87520

Ph: 575-588-7831
Fax: 575-588-7333

Staff list and Bios

Forest Stewardship Program for Private Landowners


Colorado state forest service

Durango Office (One of 5 offices in the SW Area)

FLC 7233
1000 Rim Drive
Fort Lewis College Campus
Durango, CO 81301-3908

(970) 247-5250
FAX (970) 247-5252


New Mexico department of game and fish

Open Gate Program: A program that leases private lands to improve public access for hunting, fishing, and trapping. Landowners voluntarily allow public access to their private parcel for specific outdoor activities. Participating landowners may also provide right-of-way access to public lands with limited access.

Law Enforcement:

Chama GMU 114: Sgt. Ben Otero, (505) 350-9718

Taos GMU 112: Sgt. Gabe Maes, (575) 779-4103


Colorado parks and wildlife

Durango Office
151 East 16th Street
Durango, CO 81301

(970) 247-0855

Private Land Program: A variety of resources for private landowners, including habitat improvement programs and game damage information.


Natural Resources Conservation Service

Colorado - Archuleta County

505A County Road
Pagosa Springs, CO

(970) 731-3615

Jerry Archuleta, District Conservationist

New Mexico - Rio Arriba County

Chama Service Center

1512 Highway NM17
Chama, NM

(575) 756-2581 ext. 3

Mike Jones, Acting District Conservationist

Hernandez Service Center

19283 US Highway 84/285
Hernandez, NM

(505) 753-3508 ext. 3

Mike Jones, Acting District Conservationist


US fish and wildlife service: partners for fish and wildlife program


Brandon Miller
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Southwest and San Luis Valley Focus Areas

New Mexico

Nancy Riley
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
2105 Osuna NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113


American tree farm system

Colorado Program

Mike Hughes
Colorado State Forest Service
5060 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523


New Mexico Program

Matthew Silva

Phone: 505-270-0339


Wildfire adapted partnership

(formerly Firewise of southwest Colorado)

Wildfire Adapted Partnership, motivates, educates and serves individuals, organizations and communities joining together to protect lives and property from wildfire.

Ashley Downing, Executive Director

Bill Trimarco, Archuleta County Coordinator


Colorado University Extension - Archuleta Co.

The Archuleta County Extension office provides assistance and programs for citizens in five main areas: Agriculture, Horticulture, Family and Consumer Science, Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Programs.

344 Highway 84, PO Box 370, Fairgrounds
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

(970) 264-5931


new Mexico state University Extension - rio arriba Co.

"Providing the people of New Mexico with practical, research-based knowledge and programs to improve their quality of life."

Mailing: HCR 77 Box 9
Abiquiu, NM 87510

Physical: State Road 554 House #122-A
Abiquiu, NM 87510

Sub-Office - Tierra Amarilla
Physical: Rio Arriba County Complex Building
State Road 162-Building 149
Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575
Mailing: PO Box 135 Los Ojos, NM 87551

(505) 685-4523 - Abiquiu / (575) 588-7423 - Tierra Amarilla


soil and water conservation districts

Upper Chama

P.O. Box 514, Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575

(575) 588-0093

East Rio Arriba

19283 US Hwy 84/285, Hernandez, NM 87537

(505) 753-0477

subject specific resources

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)


wildland fire: Prescribed 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)