By Garrett VeneKlasen
I am a strong supporter of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which for over 50 years has helped protect public outdoor spaces from national monuments to community ballfields in almost every county in America, but it is now at risk of going away.
New Mexico alone has received more than $312 million from LWCF for over 1,200 state, local and federal projects, including preserving sites and access within Río Grande del Norte National Monument, now visited by more than 180,000 people annually.
A new website, SaveLWCFNewMexico.com, highlights LWCF’s benefits to nearby communities and conveys the benefits LWCF has on our daily lives. I’m proud that this website features Río Grande del Norte and Taos County.