SANTA FE ― The New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee and the United States Department of the Interior completed a cooperative natural resource damage assessment associated with natural resources in New Mexico, which had been injured, destroyed, or lost as a result of the release of hazardous substances into the environment.
They solicited a broad range of ideas for potential restoration projects from local, state, and federal agencies; nonprofit organizations; stakeholder groups; and private citizens.
The Double E Ranch was one of the top seven projects selected.
With $1.5M from the Natural Resource Damage settlement and $1.5M from the New Mexico State Game Commission the Double E Ranch has been acquired to permanently protect and restore valuable wildlife habitat.
The riparian habitat along the Bear Creek is critical for hundreds of migrating birds that visit the area.
Who: New Mexico Natural Resources Trustee & Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn
New Mexico Game and Fish Director Alexa Sandoval
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services, USFWS, Southwest Region Elizabeth Oms
New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Executive Director Rebecca Neri Zagal
Hosted By: Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard
When: Tuesday, Nov. 10
1 p.m. – Welcome – Refreshments and light snacks provided
1:30 p.m. – Double E Preservation Celebration Begins
2:15 p.m. – Media Interviews
2:30 p.m. – Double E Preservation Celebration Ends
Where: Western New Mexico University, Light Hall Patio 1000 College Avenue, Silver City, New Mexico, 575.538.6011 – See map on page 2.
For more information, please call Elysia Bunten, Office of Natural Resources Trustee at 505.222.9546