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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 that are essential for our state’s diverse communities.

However, 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 on 30×30 committed to protect 30% of state lands and waters by 2030. By creating a uniquely New Mexican approach, we can safeguard the natural resources we rely on for food, jobs, and recreation and protect our communities.

We will:

  • Address loopholes in existing law that allow mining and other extractive industries to pollute our water and land
  • Modernize our state’s water infrastructure and management to address the challenge of climate change
  • Spark local, regional and federal policy discussions that will protect 30% of our watersheds by 2030
  • Protect watersheds from development, pollution and diversion

 

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

Thank you Dooda’ Desert Rock, Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment, Elouise Brown, Elton Brown, Gilbert Dee Jr., Petuuch Gilbert, Gary Fastwolf, Shawn Jim, Laura Watchempino, June Lorenzo, Christine Lowery, Molly Houge, Maxine Jim, Emma Jean Hogue, Bertha Nez, Teracita Keyanna and Larry King for all you did and all you do everyday!