1st urban wildlife refuge opens in NM

Valle de Oro opening

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New Mexico is now home to the southwest’s first urban national wildlife refuge.

Friday, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, along with members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation, announced the completion of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in the South Valley.

New Mexico’s state and federal leaders helped raise more than a million dollars to buy the land needed to complete the refuge.

The group is now calling on congress to approve permanent funding of land and water conservation funds which is essential for sustainability.

The site will become one of the largest outdoor classrooms in New Mexico.

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