February 12, 2022 @ 8:30 am – 12:45 pm
Bernalillo Extension Office – 4-H Building
1510 Menaul Blvd. Ext.
NW, Albuquerque
NM 87107

A FREE half Day In Person Conference for all volunteers in the green industry (Master Gardeners, Tree Stewards, Garden clubs, etc.). Register at: https://rsvp.nmsu.edu/rsvp/treenm


  • 8:30 – 9:00          Attendee Sign-In
  • 9:00 – 9:05          Announcements and Introduction
  • 9:05 – 10:05       “Tree Care for Self Care” presented by Dr. Kathleen Wolf, University of Washington, College of the Environment
    • Highlighting how time in gardens and working with plants provides health benefits with a focus on the personal experience of benefit, versus developing the messaging that an audience can use in their communications to promote trees.
  • 10:05 – 10:20        Break
    10:20 – 11:20        “Plant Names, Where They Come From and Why They Change” presented by Dr. Matt Ritter, Professor, California Polytechnic State University

    • All known tree species have scientific names, and most have common names. These names can change for specific and important reasons.
  • 11:20 – 11:30        Break
  • 11:30 – 12:30        “Tougher Trees for a Tougher Climate in New Mexico” presented by Ross Shrigley, Executive Director, Plant Select®
    • With the encroachment of insects and diseases, it seems our tree palette is shrinking, but Plant Select® is working to bring climate- ready trees to the market. Plant Select’s goal is to create smart plant choices for a new American Landscape inspired by the Rocky Mountain Region. Plants chosen for the program exhibit these eight attributes: flourish with less water, thrive in a broad range of conditions, reliably habitat-friendly, proven to be tough and resilient in challenging climates, one of a kind/unique, resist disease and insects, offer long-lasting beauty, and are non-invasive.
  • 12:30 – 12:45        Survey