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Albuquerque Forestry Sciences Laboratory
333 Broadway SE. Suite 115
Albuquerque, NM 87102-3497
Phone: 505-724-3660
Fax: 505-724-3688

Alice M. McSweeney

a.mcsweeneySocial Science Analyst


M.S., Range Science, New Mexico State University, 1995
B.S., Agriculture, New Mexico State University, 1990


Alice's early interest in natural history and ranching, developed in part from working on her family's guest ranch in northern New Mexico, led to studies in range ecology, botany, and public land policy. As a work-study student with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, she became interested in the challenges facing permittee ranchers on public lands. Her master's thesis was entitled Views on Land and Nature: Conversations with Northern New Mexico Ranchers.

Current Research

Alice is involved in an ongoing study of the sociocultural and economic roles and importance of ranching among grazing permittees on the Santa Fe and Carson National Forests. She collects her data by means of personal interviews and a questionnaire. She also collects data on public knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, and practices related to fire use and fuels management in Southwestern ecosystems. She examines factors contributing to successful public involvement approaches for fire and fuel management planning.


McSweeney AM. 1995. Views on Land and Nature: Conversations with Northern New Mexico Ranchers. Ms.thesis on file. Las Cruces, NM: New Mexico State University.

Eastman C, Raish C, McSweeney AM. 2000. Small livestock operations in northern New Mexico. In: Jemison R, Raish C, eds. Livestock Management in the American Southwest: Ecology, Society, and Economics. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier Science, p 523-554. available for purchase

Raish C, McSweeney AM. 2001. Livestock ranching and traditional culture in northern New Mexico. Natural Resources Journal 41(3): 713-730. link to journal

Raish C, McSweeney AM. 2003. Economic, social, and cultural aspects of livestock ranching on the Española and Canjilon Ranger Districts of the Santa Fe and Carson National Forests: a pilot study. General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-113. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 89 pp.

Raish C, McSweeney AM, Baldwin AR. 2003. Small-scale ranching and traditional economic practices in northern New Mexico. In: Allsopp N, Palmer AR, Milton SJ, Kirkman KP, Kerley GIH., Hurt CR, and Brown CJ, eds. Proceedings of the VIIth International Rangeland Congress, Rangelands in the New Millennium, 26 July-1 August 2003, Durban, South Africa. p.1689-1690. CD-ROM.

McSweeney AM, Raish C. 2004. Traditional use practices and environmental conservation in southwestern national forests, USA. In: Camarda I, Manfredo MJ, Mulas F, and Teel TL, eds. Global Challenges of Parks and Protected Area Management, Proceedings of the 9th ISSRM, 10-13 October 2002, La Maddalena, Sardinia, Italy. Sassari, Sardinia, Italy: Carlo Delfino editore, p. 385-392. request a copy

McSweeney AM., Raish C. 2005. High elevation grasslands as a crucial resource to ranchers of northern New Mexico. In: Proceedings of the XX International Grassland Congress, 26 June - 1 July 2005, Dublin, Ireland. The Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers, p. 855. available for purchase