NEW MEXICO (August, 13 2019) – The Village of Pecos, City of Española, and Town of Taos council members unanimously approved resolutions this week supporting the protection of wildlife corridors in the Upper Rio Grande region. The resolutions also urge Congress to support the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019 that would serve to protect wildlife corridors nationally. Pecos, Española, and Taos join Rio Arriba, San Miguel, and Santa Fe Counties in passing wildlife corridor resolutions this summer.
HECHO (Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors), in collaboration with the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, support the resolutions.
The resolutions represent the broad consensus that community members share for the protection of wildlife migration corridors. Rampant development of roads, fences, and other human-created barriers make it increasingly difficult for wildlife species to migrate safely across landscapes. With forest planning underway at the Santa Fe and Carson National Forests, the approval of these resolutions signals to the U.S. Forest Service that the community cares about the protection of connectivity corridors.
“All of the municipalities that have passed wildlife migration corridor resolutions are surrounded by national forests, which are critical to wildlife movement, and these communities have a stake in the future and health of our wildlife and forests,” National Advisory Board Member and Chairman for HECHO Rock Ulibarri said. “It is imperative to include them and support them as we work together to tell our congressional delegation in Washington D.C. and our forest planners that wildlife migration corridors are well-supported at the local level,” said Ulibarri.
The Village of Pecos, Española City, and the Town of Taos join the growing list of municipalities sending approved resolutions to New Mexico’s Congressional delegation.