Ponderosa pine forests, which are native to northern New Mexico, were heavily cutover during private homestead ownership. This activity altered the landscape, which changed from ponderosa pine to sagebrush, pinon pine and juniper. In the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act, land was returned to public ownership and has since been managed by the Bureau of Land Management. This project planted ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and pinon pine trees to help repair and restore plant and animal communities associated with the southwestern forest ecosystem. A large portion of this site had been planted in 1993, but due to drought the survival rate was low and more trees needed to be planted. Tree New Mexico and the Boy Scouts were also partners in this endeavor.
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