The PNM Resources Foundation is donating $10,000 to The Nature Conservancy, which will support ongoing conservation projects at the Santa Fe Canyon Preserve, located minutes from downtown Santa Fe. The grant is one of more than $300,000 in grants given to local non-profits as PNM Resources Foundation celebrates its 30th anniversary.
“We’re grateful to PNM Resources Foundation for their tremendous support. PNM’s donation of land back in 2000 helped us start the Preserve,” says Terry Sullivan, the Conservancy’s state director in New Mexico. “The Santa Fe Canyon Preserve is one of the crown jewels of our open space network – thousands of local residents have hiked, picnicked and birdwatched on the property.”
The funds will be used to support the northern leopard frog reintroduction on the preserve. Threats such as the chytoid fungus and non-native bullfrogs have dramatically reduced their numbers. In an effort to save the frogs the Conservancy has released tadpoles to reestablish their populations on the preserve. The Conservancy is also doing research and providing environmental education outreach activities to raise awareness about the northern leopard frog and the amphibian population crisis throughout the world.
The grant funds will also be used to install new interpretive signs and improve popular trails as well as to continue stream restoration.
“We value our partnership with The Nature Conservancy,” says Diane Harrison Ogawa, executive director of the PNM Resources Foundation. “We’ve worked for 30 years with this organization to ensure a high quality of life for New Mexicans. The Nature Conservancy uses science to develop solutions that benefit people and nature. Their work improves our lives now and into the future.”
Thirteen years of restoration and conservation projects have turned what was once the site of a reservoir into a now 525-acre preserve, which provides the only surface water in the City and is home to waterfowl, wildflower, willows, deer, bear and beaver.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.