“They have trees in New Mexico???. “
Lots. Tall ones, short ones, pines, live oak...
Remember hearing about forest fires there? Sandia and Manzano mountains are tree-covered, lots of trees in the hills around Grant.
Speaking of forest fires, how about the one in the Sacremento Mountains about 8 years ago that just about devastated that part of the State. Turns out it was intentionally set by a chick Forest Service employe who was upset about breaking up with her boyfriend. The government spent days talking about what they were going to do to whomever set that fire. I think she either walked or was promoted and transferred.
Or how about the Los Alamos fire a couple of years later? The Forest (dis)Service set a “controlled burn” in 90+% dry conditions in a 50 plus mile an hour wind! The fire burned thousands of acres, burned or threatened hundreds of homes, and blackened the region. Those responsible lied, altered and destroyed the authorizing documents, and as far as I know weren’t even reprimanded, but rather were transferred and, if true to government policy, promoted. They should have been hanged.