The Tree Board of the City of Las Vegas

                                                       Who we are and what we do

Purpose and Membership:
The Tree Board of the City of Las Vegas is a volunteer committee appointed by the Mayor and serving at the pleasure of the Mayor.  Our purpose is to advise the City on issues related to the community forest.  We help the city plan, plant and protect its forest.  Our goals include increasing safety by protecting the citizens of Las Vegas from hazardous conditions in our parks and on our streets, preserving the legacy of trees that we already have by maintenance and remedial pruning, renewing the forest by the planting of new trees and improving the quality of life in Las Vegas by securing the benefits that the forest provides for future generations.   Our membership is drawn from the community and includes interested citizens as well as representatives of local and regional organizations that have interest in and knowledge about community forestry.  At present our membership includes representatives from the City of Las Vegas, New Mexico State Forestry Division, the Tierra ay Monte Soil and Water Conservation District, the Mora Forestry Research Station of New Mexico State University and interested citizens with commercial tree service and retail nursery experience, an International Society for Arboriculture member certified in tree hazard determination and other interested citizens.  We are always seeking new members. Anyone interested in joining the committee should attend a few meetings, participate in some of our projects and see if they are ready to commit to this community service.

Meeting site and schedule:
The committee presently meets at the Tierra ay Monte Soil and Water Conservation district Office on seventh street.  Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of every month except for November and December. Meetings begin at 3:30 pm and last for one hour.       
       

Activities:  
The Tree Board has been responsible for applying to The National Arbor Day Foundation for the certification of Las Vegas as a Tree City USA.  To qualify a city must have a Tree Board, officially celebrate Arbor Day, have a tree ordinance to protect the forest and spend at least $2.00 per person in the city on forest related work.  As of 2019 the city has received this prestigious award for each of the last 20 years and is the longest standing Tree City in the state of New Mexico.  We have been responsible for procuring grant funds that have done literally hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of  hazard mitigation and forest renewal activities in Las Vegas.  We have performed tree inventories in our parks and participated in a state wide inventory of trees in historic districts in the county seats of New Mexico.  These inventories help us to determine the condition of the urban forest and help us to make responsible recommendations to the city with respect to projects that further the goals described above.  The inventories have pointed out the decline of our forest over time and the need to maintain the present community forest and to renew the forest by increasing both the age and species diversity of the forest.  To accomplish these goals the Tree Board has formed partnerships with the city, Tierra ay Monte SW CD, NM Forestry and others.