The purpose of this position is managing the Forestry Division's Cooperative Lands Forest Health Management Program. The position will conduct activities that assess and detect, prevent and suppress forest pest infestations and disease conditions on state and private forestlands in New Mexico. This position provides leadership, guidance, direct technical assistance, and other services to State and private land managers and landowners. This position is a critical first line of defense in regard to identifying unhealthy forests stands and watersheds, which left untreated, are very susceptible to wildland fire. This position gathers this data by discovery, identification and reporting of damaging pests. Discovery is accomplished by surveillance and/or planned surveys. This position is responsible for the annual forest insect and disease condition report and aerial survey maps which will be submitted to the U.S. Forest Service in September of each year. Approximately 10,000 acres of State and private forestlands are planned for ground survey annually. Systematic detection surveys of forestlands are conducted to augment discovery of pest problems obtained by field surveillance. Areas to be surveyed will be prioritized by coordinating with the U.S. Forest Service. Problem areas detected in aerial survey will be ground checked wherever appropriate. In total, approximately 1,400,000 acres per year need to be surveyed aerially.