Collaborative Groups, Cooperating Agencies and Planning Team

Collaborative Groups

The Cibola Collaborative groups provide an opportunity to get involved with the forest plan revision. Check back here for details on upcoming meetings and open houses to preview the plan. See below for contact information on each district's collaborative.

Cibola Shared Stewardship Collaborative

The Cibola Shared Stewardship Collaborative has representation from each of the district collaborative groups.  It is comprised of a coordinating council with representation from diverse stakeholders who have an interest in the Cibola and any of the four district collaborative groups.

Contact: Rosemary Romero, 505-982-9805, email

Magdalena Collaborative

The Magdalena Collaborative focuses on the Magdalena Ranger District, which encompasses 800,000 acres in the Datil, Bear, San Mateo and Magdalena mountain ranges. Elevations range from under 6,000 feet up to 10,700 feet.

Contact:  Alan Barton, Facilitator, Collaboration Program Manager, NM Forest & Watershed Restoration Institute, NM Highlands University, email

Mountainair Collaborative

The Mountainair Collaborative focuses on the Mountainair Ranger District, which is made up of the Gallinas and Manzano Mountains in Torrance, Valencia, and Lincoln Counties. The largest stand of Bigtooth and Rocky Mountain maples in New Mexico is located in this landscape.

Contact: Diedre Tarr, District Manager, Claunch Pinto SWCD, 505-847-2243, email; or Joe Zebrowski, Facilitator, Natural Resources Management Department, NM Highlands University, email

Mount Taylor Collaborative

The Mt. Taylor Collaborative focuses on the Mount Taylor Ranger District, which is comprised of Mt. Taylor and the Zuni Mountains, totaling nearly 520,000 acres. Elevations range from 6,500 to 11,301 feet.

Contact: Larry Winn, Vice Chair, McKinley SWCD, 505-879-3410, email

Sandia Collaborative

The Sandia Collaborative focuses on the Sandia Ranger District, which is the smallest in land mass but impacts the greatest number of people.  It lies just east of Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico. The Sandia Mountains are the most visited mountains in New Mexico. 

Contact: Brenda Smythe, District Manager Edgewood SWCD, 505-832-1111, email; or Marsha Kellogg, Facilitator, NRM Planning Consultant, email

Planning Team

A Core Team has been dedicated to the timely completion of the plan revision process.  Many other Forest Service resource specialists lend their expertise to the effort as well.  Visit the Planning Team Page to meet the core planning team.

Cooperating Agencies

In April 2015, the Cibola initiated Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with cooperating agencies to help with the environmental analysis in the Forest Plan revision process. The cooperating agencies included federal and state agencies, local governments, tribes, and land grants that are units of state government. There are currently 43 cooperating agencies.

Five interdisciplinary teams were formed by organizing a group of cooperating agencies around each of the four districts, plus one forest-wide team.  Interdisciplinary teams are comprised of a group of specialists who work together on projects that require multiple skills sets or areas of expertise.

In 2016, the cooperating agencies participated in a workshop with the Cibola in an effort to expand public participation in the planning efforts. A collaborative was formed for each district as well as the forest wide Cibola Shared Stewardship Collaborative (CSSC).  Each collaborative includes a mix of cooperating agencies and representative members of a variety of interest groups.  The CSSC functions as an oversight group to coordinate efforts among the district collaborative groups.