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.