Tree New Mexico is dedicated to helping communities plant and care for trees in urban areas — large and small — throughout The Land of Enchantment.
Organizational History and Goal
For over 30 years Tree New Mexico (TNM) has been planting trees in the Land of Enchantment and educating the public on the value and necessity of healthy urban forests. We continue to be the premier private, non-profit tree planting organization in NM (and the nation); planting thousands of trees each year and building a high level of understanding and advocacy for the expansion and maintenance of urban forests.
Tree New Mexico was initially formed out of concern for the environment by local high school students on the premise that tree planting is an important and worthwhile national and community goal. Since our founding in 1990, our partners and volunteers have helped plant over 1,250,000 trees in communities throughout New Mexico. Sue Probart, Founding Director and now Board Emeritus, ran TNM for the better part of 30 years. She is generally known in NM as “Ms. Tree” and as the reason we have urban forestry at all.
- Build strong and effective partnerships with all levels of public and private organizations.
- Increase the canopy of urban and community forests throughout New Mexico.
- Provide environmental tree-based education for citizens of all ages.
- Serve as an urban and community forestry advocate.
- Mitigate and reverse urban heat island effect in urban areas of the state.
- Build public awareness regarding trees and the environmental role they play in our communities and the nation.
Tree New Mexico
Board of Directors
Founder and Board Member Emeritus
James A. Maddox
Laura W. Rummler
Member of the Board
Laura has a master’s degree in nonprofit management, over 20 years in the theatre, and currently serves as a City Council Policy Analyst.
Laura brings expertise in nonprofits and business management to Tree NM. She is currently a Policy Analyst for the Albuquerque City Council, where she engages with community members and organizations to improve local legislation. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in nonprofit management, with an emphasis on board governance and executive management policy. Previously, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Utah University in theatre, which led her to an early career in directing and nonprofit theatre management.
Laura has lived from Tucson to Chicago, but she calls Albuquerque home. She enjoys gardening, tending to her chickens and raising her two children under the comforting backyard shade of Arizona cypress, pinyon pines and a mulberry tree.
Tree New Mexico Staff
Tamar Randall, CGW, is a Certified Grant Writer with American Grant Writers’ Association. She loves words, science, and people and is excited to be part of the Tree New Mexico Team to plant trees across NM by cultivating, writing, and managing grants and also by supporting the planting organizers and volunteers. As a long-term volunteer herself, Tamar enjoys coordinating Tree New Mexico’s amazing volunteers and community. Previously Tamar served as Director of HR and Marketing for a therapy group and homeschooled her sons. She has a BS in Biology.
Training and Program Development Director
NeighborWoods Program Director
Special Projects Program Director
After graduating from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Film and Digital Media, Rachel fell into the conservation field after joining a Conservation Crew with Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) in Albuquerque. There, she gained a greater appreciation for New Mexico’s natural places while building and maintaining trails, removing invasive species, and planting trees! In addition to her five seasons with RMYC, Rachel created a variety of digital content as a Digital Media Fellow with the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. Born and raised in Albuquerque, Rachel enjoys spending time in the Bosque and hiking in the Sandias. Rachel is excited to combine her digital media background with her love for conservation while with Tree New Mexico.
We plant trees to keep New Mexico clean, beautiful & healthy.