Think Trees New Mexico is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promote education, training, and appreciation of arboriculture and horticulture throughout New Mexico and across the Southwest. Think Trees New Mexico provides training to professionals in the Green Industry of New Mexico and surrounding regions, by hosting an annual arboriculture conference in Albuquerque, NM. We have hosted this conference since 1986 with an all-volunteer board of committed tree industry members and supporters.
Think Trees New Mexico strives to bring nationally recognized speakers and local experts to our conference, to provide our audience with up-to-date and relevant information on tree care). We believe in the value of trees, not just as amenities in the human environment, but as living entities in their own right.
Our conference also provides Continuing Education Units for both ISA-certified arborists and for New Mexico Department of Agriculture licensed pesticide applicators. You can even take the ISA certification exam at Think Trees New Mexico (though you must register through ISA).
At Think Trees New Mexico, we do think about trees, and we do believe in the value, power and beauty of trees.
Be a part of the future – plant a tree today!
University of New Mexico & Bryan D Suhr Tree Care Pros
505.277.1066 & 505.898.2130
I am a second generation practicing arborist, an Albuquerque native, and a founding member of Think Trees NM. I have several national certifications including International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Board Certified Master Arborist, Utility Specialist, Municipal Specialist, and Tree Care Industry Association CTSP (Certified Tree Care Safety Professional). I am passionate about trees and their care. I love trees and talking to others about the planting, maintenance, and the value that trees contribute to our world. My lifetime professional goal is to learn more, and be better able to care for trees, and through my association with Think Trees and related professional associations I’ve been able to meet, and learn from, many of the great people involved in the care of trees. Dodie has supported my interests and facilitated my life-long love of trees. For the past 17 years I’ve been caring for the trees on the University of New Mexico campus, learning about trees and loving almost every day of it.
EMNRD, Forestry Division
Jennifer is the New Mexico State Forestry Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager, and an ISA certified arborist. At New Mexico State Forestry, Jennifer supports community forest programs statewide through the six NM district offices and the NM Urban Forest Council, and coordinates NM’s Forest Re-Leaf program. She spent the first part of her career focused on environmental compliance and planning. She grew up on her family’s Tree Farm in Maine, and has a deep appreciation for trees and everything they do for our communities. She is excited to be a part of the Think Trees NM board, as a great way to connect with the urban forest community in NM.
Mr. Joran Viers is the City Forester with City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department. He is broadly responsible for tree care issues within the City, as described by a few City ordinances. Prior to taking this position, he worked for the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service, first as a County Horticulture Agent and County Director in Bernalillo County, and then as State Urban Small Farm Horticulture Agent. Viers was born in Albuquerque, but grew up in California, Costa Rica and Arkansas. He has a life-long love of plants and the natural sciences. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of New Mexico, and a Master’s degree in Botany from the University of Florida. Mr. Viers has been a member of Think Trees NM since 2003, an ISA-Certified Arborist since 2008, and just became a Board Certified Master Arborist in 2016.
Bernalillo County Extension
John Garlisch is the treasurer for Think Trees NM. He works for NMSU Cooperative Extension in the Bernalillo County Office, Albuquerque, NM. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he earned a BS in Horticulture (2002) and an MS in Agriculture Consumer Economics (2008). He served in various leadership capacities with the Hort Club, Collegiate 4-H, and Beta Sigma Psi (National Lutheran Fraternity), and he was a member of Pi Alpha Xi (Honorary Horticulture Fraternity) and Alpha Zeta (Honorary Agriculture Fraternity). During his schooling, he studied for a semester at Wageningen Agriculture University in the Netherlands and interned in Germany with the Deutsche Bauern Verband (German Farmer's Union) working at an arboretum and a rhododendron nursery.
John joined the Bernalillo County staff in Spring 2010. He is working with 4-H youth, assisting local farmers with business and production planning, facilitating agricultural educational programs and outdoor classroom projects with area schools, and answering questions from the public concerning the identification of plants and their culture, production, diseases, and pests.
Bernalillo County Extension
An Albuquerque native, Graeme is an extension agent for NMSU Cooperative Extension in Bernalillo County. He previously served as curator for the NMSU Arthropod Collection in Las Cruces. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Oregon and a Master’s in Agricultural Biology from the Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science department at NMSU. Graeme has experience working as an entomologist, field biologist, a laborer in farms and nurseries, and has a strong interest in ecology, natural history, and agriculture.
Currently, leads the Vegetation Management department at Public Service Company of New Mexico and Texas New Mexico Power. Previously, has over 24 years experience in utility industry working for utilities Texas, Oklahoma and Florida.
I served as Treasurer for Think Trees New Mexico. Active member of the International Society of Arboriculture and is the current Utility Arborist Association President. ISA Certified Arborist and Utility Specialist. Graduated with BS in Forest Administration from University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and earned an MBA from Oklahoma City University.
Groundwork Studio // NMASLA
Amy Bell is principal of Groundwork Studio, a landscape architecture firm focused on site design integration, and Past President of the New Mexico Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. She has practiced landscape architecture in the high desert for the past 10 years, with a focus on educational, therapeutic, and play environments. Her background in environmental education makes her particularly sensitive to the messages conveyed through the design of our environments. Amy’s goal as a landscape architect is to improve the connections we have to our surroundings in order to improve ecological literacy, resiliency, community, and stewardship. Her design approach prioritizes collaboration and shared discovery to develop creative yet practical site solutions that address the whole environment. Amy holds a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of New Mexico, is a licensed landscape architect in New Mexico and Texas, and became an ISA Certified Arborist in 2015. She is delighted to be a part of the Think Trees team, and is eager to strengthen the relationship between landscape architectural practice, arboriculture, and urban forestry in the state.
He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from Northern Arizona University in 1968. George worked as Resource Manager at Duke City Lumber Company working in purchasing, developing and delivering saw timber to Espanola and Vallecitos Sawmills for 22 years. At the Cibola National Forest, Mountainair Ranger District he provided recreation and forest management for a year and a half. Spent sixteen years at the State of NM Forestry Division as the Timber Management Officer, NM Forest Re-Leaf Coordinator and for 11 years as State Urban Forester then retired in June, 2007. Presently, George is contracting with Ciudad Soil & Water Conservation District as the Forest Health Program Assessor. He has been providing residential forest/woodland thinning program and fire risk management for four years.
George is involved in the following: Member and Fellow, Society of American Foresters, 25 years; Member, International Society of Arboriculture, 20 years; Member, Board of Directors Think Trees New Mexico, 20 years; State Commissioner, Board of Commissioners, New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps; and Lecture circuit, presenting “Trees Are Killing Our Forests”.
Desert Gardens Outdoor Services Inc.
Clay is the owner of Desert Gardens Outdoor Services, Inc.. He has been in the landscape and tree business for over 25 years and has been a certified Arborist through the ISA since 2005.
Sandoval County Extension Service
Lynda joined the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service as the Agriculture Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator for Sandoval County in 2013. Born and raised in Kettering, Ohio, she earned a BA in Environmental Studies from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. During and after college she worked as a field botanist conducting field inventories in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and various nature reserves. After serving 5 years as a Community Forestry Volunteer in Burkina Faso and a naturalist in Jamaica with the Peace Corps, she earned a MSc in Crop Protection from Colorado State University. She spent the next 15 years managing food security and community development projects in Africa, the Caribbean, and South Pacific. She is passionate about promoting permaculture principles and all things seed related.
Trees of Corrales
Andrew Lisignoli has been on the Think Tree board for numerous terms because of the contribution The Think Tree Conference has brought to our urban forests. Andrew has been working with trees for over 40 years primarily in the nursery industry growing trees for our communities. He has been with Trees of Corrales since 1995. He has also served as the Senator for the New Mexico Chapter of the Nursery and Greenhouse Association.
Ms. Murdock has been a Master Gardener in Bernalillo County for more than 15 years (lifetime or feels like it). Although her degrees are in Mathematics from Purdue University and an MBA from University of Houston with a career in computer related work and management, she has had a love of horticulture for most of her life. Since taking city offered courses on trees in Houston, she has found a niche in learning about trees.
Ms. Murdock is a current member of the High Desert Landscape Committee focusing on preserving the native landscape of the foothills. Finding appropriate plants that can help us landscape sustainably is her goal. She is excited to be a member of the board of Think Trees and understands that the information disseminated during the annual conference is critical to keeping healthy trees in Albuquerque and improving landscape practices.
Judy Nickell is a well-experienced Albuquerque gardener and tree enthusiast. She is a Certified Arborist, Master Gardener, member of the Albuquerque Rose Society and Valley Garden Club. She is also a published author with such works as “Enchanted Gardening-Meeting the Challenge in the Land of Enchantment” and “Atrisco to Zena Lona: A Snappy Survey of Selected Albuquerque Street Names.” She also wrote a garden column for the Albuquerque Journal.
Bryan D Suhr Tree Care Pros
Me yamo, Maria Dolores Louisa Bernal, but I am Dodie Bernal-Suhr. I became an NMSU-Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardener in 1985 and my professional life changed. Think Trees, NM happened next and my life as a volunteer was sealed!
I am currently a Lifetime Master Gardener with a 26-year shingle. I have served Think Trees, NM as it’s first president, served as Treasurer and currently serve on the Board of Directors.
I am an ISA Certified Arborist and also manage the office for Bryan Suhr Tree Care Professionals. Serving our local community and state means a great deal to this native of the Albuquerque North Valley in the great state of New Mexico. Join me in keeping Think Trees, NM as the premier organization for professionalism in the greens industry.