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Valle de Oro Na­tional Wildlife Refuge has been awarded $1 mil­lion in ad­di­tional an­nual fund­ing to en­gage ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties and youth in con­ser­va­tion and out­door re­cre­ation. The Refuge, lo­cated in Albuquerque's South Val­ley, is only five miles from down­town and has been work­ing ex­ten­sively with part­ners and com­mu­nity mem­bers to cre­ate a shared vi­sion for op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­nect the Refuge with fam­i­lies and youth through con­ser­va­tion, cul­ture, and com­mu­nity.

"There is so much op­por­tu­nity at Valle de Oro to help New Mex­ico kids dis­cover the in­cred­i­ble nat­u­ral heritage of our state right in their back­yard, while sup­port­ing vi­tal river and habi­tat con­ser­va­tion," said Se­na­tor Hein­rich.

"Valle de Oro Na­tional Wildlife Refuge has the po­ten­tial to be­come an es­sen­tial eco­log­i­cal, ed­u­ca­tional, and recre­ational re­source for fam­i­lies and kids in the Albuquerque area and across the re­gion," said Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice Di­rec­tor Dan Ashe. "Fund­ing will be used to ex­pand op­por­tu­ni­ties for fam­i­lies and kids to con­nect with na­ture..."

The Valle de Oro Na­tional Wildlife Refuge was es­tab­lished in 2012 and pur­chased with funds from Land and Wa­ter Con­ser­va­tion Fund (LWCF). The Refuge en­gages the lo­cal com­mu­nity through con­ser­va­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion, spe­cial events, en­vi­ron­men­tal jus­tice, and part­ner­ships to em­brace the im­por­tance of this cul­tural and nat­u­ral land­scape to both peo­ple and wildlife.

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