John T. Harrington Forestry Research Center

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Successful establishment of planted forest seedlings in the southwestern United States is often hindered by harsh site conditions related to drought and severe disturbances such as wildfire and mining operations. Additionally, future climate changes are predicted to be warmer and drier further complicating forest restoration success. It is essential to produce high quality seedlings for outplanting in these stressful environments. However, little is known on how to produce quality seedlings that will be successful in these environments.

The JTH Forestry Research Center is the only research program in the southwestern US that focuses on forest nursery technologies, tree improvement, and eco-physiology of young forest trees to facilitate ecological restoration and/or commercial reforestation. These research interests are critical for establishing future forests in the region.

We are the largest producer of forest seedlings for the state of NM with a current capacity of 300,000 per year. These trees are primarily used to restore disturbed forests after severe forest fires and mining operations within the state. Additionally, portions of these seedlings are distributed to the general public through New Mexico's State Forestry Conservation Seedling Program. Funds generated from this program cover all costs for production as well as support additional research projects.

Dr. Owen Burney, Associate Professor and Superintendent of the John T Harrington Forestry Research Center

Contact Information

John T. Harrington Forestry Research Center
PO Box 359
Mora, NM 87732
Phone: 575.387.2319

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