Save the Date - February 10th - 11th, 2022

Planning continues for our in-person Think Trees NM Conference in February 2022.

Safety is our top priority by adhering to all local and state guidelines.

We'll be adding more information soon.

The Annual Conference will be held at:

1000 Woodward Pl. NE
Albuquerque, NM  87102
Front Desk:  505.245.7100
Reservations:  1.888.728.3025

Take advantage of the special Think Trees room rates! For government rates, please call the hotel directly.

If you missed our Virtual Urban Tree Care Conference on February 17th - 19th, 2021, you can watch the video sessions on our Past Conference Resources page or directly on our YouTube channel.


Managing Mature Trees

Guy P. Meilleur, Practicing Arborist, Aerial Consultant @ ​​ provides the following information on Managing Mature Trees.​ West Davis Street in Burlington is lined with willow oak trees planted ~80 years ago. One tree fell over in a storm, so the City looked at management options. 3 trees were removed, and 35 were reduced by…


Thirty Years of Think Trees New Mexico

Just over thirty years ago a couple of idealists (Robert Cox & Bryan Suhr), after hearing Al Shigo and others talking about trees and their care at NUTS I, National Urban Tree Symposium in Denver, thought about doing something similar in Albuquerque. Selling the idea to the director of the Bernalillo County Extension offi ce,…


There’s a tree growing out of this tree!

How can it be? This photo was taken (credit, Gilbert Armijo, City of Albuquerque DMD) at the Holiday Park/Community Center in Albuquerque. It is known as a “sport,” or “witches broom” and is defined by ISA as the “abnormal development of multiple secondary shoots, forming a broomlike effect”. Sports are caused by a hormone, stimulated…


Parr Orchard Project – Taos, NM

Taos celebrated Arbor Day 2015 by transforming an asphalt parking lot into a thriving orchard at Parr Elementary School. The project was energized with strong community involvement, with leadership from Ben Wright and the Taos Heartwood Coalition and support from numerous local businesses and organizations, Taos Schools, and the Town of Taos. Volunteers planted 25…


Exploring the Interactions Between Transportation, Urban Forestry, and Climate Change Mitigation

Transportation planning significantly impacts urban growth, and the transportation community is actively looking for climate mitigation strategies. One of the most significant benefits that urban forests provide to cities is climate change mitigation, through a variety of mechanisms including direct carbon sequestration, cooling of urban heat islands, building energy savings, and decrease of volatile emissions…


The Hole Truth About Planting Holes

by Joran Viers Which is better: planting a five-dollar tree in a fifty-dollar hole, or planting a fifty-dollar tree in a five-dollar hole? Don’t worry, it’s a rhetorical quiz and the answer appears below. No points will be deducted. What I’m trying to get at is a question that was at the heart of a…