Carbon Sequestration, Urban Forestry, and Miscellaneous

Carbon Sequestration

The Center, along with researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and USDA-Jornada Experimental Station, are currently working to identify and describe carbon pools within arid and semi-arid ecosystems of New Mexico. Little attention has been focused on arid/semi-arid terrestrial ecosystems, despite the relatively large percentage of land area that these ecosystems occupy. The research will create baseline carbon databases for woodland and grassland sites in Los Alamos and Mora counties and at the Jornada Experimental Station. Field data will be used to evaluate a new soil carbon measurement technology, to parameterize a carbon-cycling ecosystem model and to describe pinyon biomass and growth. Results from this project will contribute to an understanding of carbon dynamics that can be used as a tool for evaluating land-management practices and health in New Mexico rangelands.

Urban Forestry

Urban forestry research has focused on screening tree species and ecotypes for improved nursery and landscape performance. In addition, publications have addressed post-planting culture appropriate for New Mexico climatic and edaphic conditions.


Various other research and service projects have taken place under the auspices of the Mora Research Center.

Carbon Sequestration, Urban Forestry, and Miscellaneous Publications

Harrington, J.T., and J.T. Fisher. 1999. Nursery and landscape performance of ornamental junipers in the southern Rocky Mountains. HortTech. 9: 40-44.

Mexal, J.G. and Fisher. 1991. Killing landscape trees- a New Mexico tradition. Southwest Lawn and Landscape. 6 (10):16.

Wagner, A.M. and J.G. Mexal. 1991. Introduction to Horticulture laboratory manual with chemistry and math for Aggies. NMSU, 143p.