Our meetings are held at 7:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month from April to October (meetings are not held November through March) at the Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras, featuring an informative presentation on subjects pertinent to our mission.
Next Friends Meeting: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 7 pm
Speaker: Tom W. Coleman, Ph. D., Zone Leader/Entomologist, USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, New Mexico Zone, Albuquerque, NM
Topic: CAN’T SEE THE FOREST FOR THE DEAD TREES: Impact of forest insects and diseases on the Sandia Mountains
Lack of active forest management, changes in management objectives, and loss of frequent low-intensity fires have led to many forest compositional and structural changes in the Western U.S., especially the Sandia Mountains. As a result, many of these forest stands have numerous forest health issues, including various bark beetle and root disease species and dwarf mistletoe, on the Sandia Mountains. This talk will highlight how past disturbances, or lack thereof , have led to the proliferation of tree mortality across the mountains.Insects and diseases impacting pinyon-juniper, ponderosa pine, dry-mixed conifer, and spruce-fir forests will be discussed.
Doors close when we reach capacity or at 7pm.