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Public Lands, Water & Wildlife

Public Lands, Water & Wildlife:

Building Resilient Landscapes and Communities

New Mexico is home to nearly 35 million acres of public lands. They support wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation, and traditional cultural practices essential to our state’s diverse communities. However, only 6% is under protection and our wildlife, waters and ecosystems are at grave risk from decades of mining and oil and gas activity, climate change impacts, and limited agency capacity to enforce rules. In addition, complex water rights and decreasing water supplies have fueled disputes on the best ways to manage New Mexico’s waterways and rivers.

Our Vision

Governor Lujan Grisham’s executive order “Protecting New Mexico’s Lands, Watersheds, Wildlife, and Natural Heritage” committed to protecting 30% of state lands and waters by 2030. By creating a uniquely New Mexican conservation program, while utilizing substantial federal funding, we can safeguard the natural resources we rely on for food, jobs, and recreation and protect our communities. CVNM Education Fund works with community partners and allied organizations to educate and engage the public in solutions that address legacy pollution, and protect our land, water and wildlife. 

Embudo Box Trail

Hike through the canyon carved by Embudo Creek in Dixon, New Mexico.
Photo: Sherman Hogue

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Broad-Based Support

CVNM Education Fund partners with and supports these organizations in order to move the needle on conserving Public Lands, Water and Wildlife.