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Albuquerque Tree Planting TNC is working with local partners and communities to plant trees in Albuquerque, enhancing the relationship between cities and nature so that both can thrive. © Roberto Rosales

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Cooling Our Communities

TNC in New Mexico works with local partners and communities to help reach the Mayor's 100,000 tree planting goal.

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This page was updated on January 12, 2021.

With the majority of our mature trees in decline from old age, The Nature Conservancy has built an alliance of partners focused on reinvesting in our community forest.

We need everyone—businesses, residents young and old, fellow non-profits and government agencies to all contribute to the solution” says Sarah Hurteau, Urban Conservation Program Director for TNC.

Specifically, TNC is partnering with City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department, Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA), Tree New Mexico, State Forestry, and Bernalillo County Parks and Open Space Division. Together, we are working to get people involved in planting new trees, caring for our aging trees and tracking our progress to a cooler, healthier Albuquerque.

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Sarah Hurteau TNC is working with local partners and communities to plant trees. © Natalie Sommer/TNC

6,827 Trees Planted to Date.

Help us reach the Mayor's goal of planting 100,000 trees by 2030—that's one for every child in Albuquerque! 

Submit Your Tree Plantings Here

Where are trees being planted? 

The map below shows the locations where tree planting efforts by TNC and partners have been implemented since January 2019. Want to be included? Submit your own tree plantings here.

Tree New Mexico: Albuquerque NeighborWoods
100 Trees Planted
Tree New Mexico's Albuquerque Neighborhoods planting in the Downtown Neighborhood.
The Nature Conservancy
31 Trees Planted
TNC planting in the South Valley/Mountain View Neighborhood at the Mountain View Community Center.
Tree New Mexico: Albuquerque NeighborWoods
100 Trees Planted
Tree New Mexico planting in West Mesa with the West Mesa Neighborhood Association.
Tree New Mexico: Albuquerque NeighborWoods
100 Trees Planted
Planting in the International District with South San Pedro Neighborhood Association.
Tree New Mexico: Albuquerque NeighborWoods
100 Trees Planted
Planting in the International Disctrict with Trumball Village Neighborhood Association.
Tree New Mexico: Albuquerque NeighborWoods
100 Trees Planted
Planting in Northeast Heights with the John B. Robert Neighborhood Association.
The Nature Conservancy
30 Trees Planted
Planting in the South Valley Mountain View Neighborhood at Joy Junction.
The Nature Conservancy
19 Trees Planted
Tree planting in South Valley Mountain / View Neighborhood at Mountain View Community Garden.
The Nature Conservancy
4 Trees Planted
Planting in South Valley / Mountain View Neighborhood at Mountain View Elementary School.
The Nature Conservancy
106 Trees Planted
Planting in the South Valley / Mountain View Neighborhood, north side.
Tree New Mexico: Albuquerque NeighborWoods
100 Trees Planted
Planting in West Mesa with Taylor Ranch Neighborhood Association.
The Nature Conservancy
83 Trees Planted
Planting in South Valley / Mountain View Neighborhood on the south side.
TNC and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
448 Trees Planted
Planting in North Valley at Albuquerque Open Space: Shining RIvers Bosque Area.
Tree New Mexico: Albuquerque NeighborWoods
130 Trees Planted
Planting at University with Pueblo Alto and Mile High Neighborhood Association.
Tree New Mexico: Albuquerque NeighborWoods
104 Trees Planted
Planting at Martineztown.
Tree New Mexico: Albuquerque NeighborWoods
99 Trees Planted
Planting at Victory Hills/University Heights.
Tree New Mexico: Albuquerque NeighborWoods
100 Trees Planted
Planting at Oso Grande.

Recently Planted Trees in Albuquerque Locations identify tree planting efforts by TNC and our partners since Jan 2019.

Working with Communities

Over the last year, The Nature Conservancy has led three major planting events in Albuquerque’s South Valley. In that time, we have logged over 1,000 hours of volunteer work from community members, businesses, and local residents to plant more than 700 trees. These trees will act as nature’s air conditioner for one of the warmest neighborhoods, cooling the air and improving the quality of life for our neighbors.

Inspired to plant a tree in your yard? Use the Climate Ready Trees list to help you decide which tree type is right for your yard. In collaboration with tree experts from across the Southwest, we evaluated 136 different trees to learn which ones will thrive in our current and future climate. It’s important to put the right tree in the right place so that you are happy with your choice and that the tree has the enough above- and below-ground space to reach it full potential.

Note: Although this report was created for Albuquerque's climate, it is directly transferable to communities with similar climates (such as Socorro, Hobbs, Carlsbad and Farmington). We recommend you consider temperature and elevation when selecting a tree for yards in other communities throughout the state.

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Tree planting in Albuquerque. Rocky Mountain Youth Corps member helps plant trees. © TNC

Learn How to Plant A Tree

You can help make Albuquerque greener by planting your own tree! Watch this video to learn how.

Learn more about native trees, proper tree care and how to apply for a "Tree-Bate" by visiting the Water Utility Authority's website.

Want to learn more about how to get involved? 

The video below and this playlist give you more insight into Mayor Tim Keller's planting goal, how to properly plant a tree, the need for more trees in our community and how we are employing youth to build a greener future for Albuquerque!

Thanks to the City of Albuquerque for supporting the production of these videos.

Trees Are Good for Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller talks about why trees are important and how The Nature Conservancy is working with the City of Albuquerque and other partners to plant 100,000 trees in the next 10 years.