Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

Valle de Oro, Albuquerque, New MexicoPhoto credit: Don J. Usner

We helped protect one of the largest remaining areas of undeveloped land on the Rio Grande in southern Albuquerque, creating new recreation opportunities for people to connect with nature close to home. Establishing this new wildlife refuge protected wildlife habitat, improved air and water quality, established new environmental education programs, and created jobs.

In late September 2011, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar designated this area as New Mexico's first urban national wildlife refuge. In 2012, this property was officially named the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. In 2014, The Trust for Public Land worked with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to finalize the creation of the refuge. The new refuge, which is within a half hour drive of nearly half of New Mexico's population, is a place for people to connect with and learn about the natural world, and provides valuable wildlife and bird habitat.

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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3.3 million acres and completed more than 5,400 park and conservation projects.