In the Forest
The Black Bear is the New Mexico State Animal! “An adult male black bear can weigh up to 400 pounds, though the average male weighs about 250 pounds. Female black bears typicallyweigh between 150 and 180 pounds.The name ‘black bear’ can be misleading. New Mexico’s black bears actually come in a variety of color phases ranging from black and brown, to cinnamon (the most common color), reddish and blonde.” more info
The Pinon is the New Mexico State Tree! “All four species are small bushy evergreen trees with short trunk, horizontal branching and rounded crowns. Found in semi-arid regions of the west. Sometimes called Mexican Nut Pine, it is native to both Arizona and New Mexico, where the seeds are harvested and sold as nuts.” more info
Poison Ivy is a poisonous North American plant that sometimes causes a painful rash in people who touch it. Take this quiz to see if you can recognize poison ivy! more info
Always go with a buddy and tell someone where you’re going.
Wear pants and a long-sleeved shirt to protect your skin, and a hat to protect your face.
Be sure to wear sunscreen, and carry water with you!
When enjoying the forest, don’t forget to be Bear Aware!
Remember to enjoy the outdoors responsibly! When you follow Leave No Trace principles, you ensure that everything is just as beautiful for the next person – and the next generation!