As part of Earth Week, The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico hosted a volunteer work day on Thursday, April 25, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. for employees of long-time and valued partner, the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM). Twenty volunteers outfitted in gloves and work boots rolled up their sleeves to conduct trail maintenance and build fences around groups of cottonwood trees to protect them from resourceful beavers.
The preserve’s history began in 2000 when PNM donated 190 acres of open space to establish the Santa Fe Canyon Preserve. Years of restoration and conservation work has turned what was once the center of Santa Fe’s hydroelectric industry into an oasis with wildflowers, willows, deer, bear and beaver.
The now 525-acre preserve is located only a few miles from Santa Fe’s historic downtown plaza.
“This preserve has become a popular place for locals to exercise or simply enjoy the outdoors and view wildlife,” says Bob Findling, the Conservancy’s Director of Land Protection & Stewardship, who is responsible for managing the preserve. “We’re grateful for the long term commitment of PNM to the preserve, which began with the company’s original land donation. The preserve provides an important linkage between the City’s open space trails. And, it has become a focus of local environmental education and recreational activities.”
PNM values the Conservancy. “We believe in the work The Nature Conservancy does throughout our state,” says PNM Vice President Chris Olson. “Their science-based conservation work provides solutions that protect important lands and waterways we all depend on. We’re proud to partner with such an outstanding organization.”
Volunteer work days on the Santa Fe Canyon Preserve are scheduled 2-3 times a year. Organizations and individuals interested in participating in a volunteer work day or learning more about The Nature Conservancy are encouraged to visit the Conservancy’s website at nature.org/newmexico.
If you are interested in covering the work day, email Tracey Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With headquarters in Albuquerque, PNM is the largest electricity provider in New Mexico, serving 500,000 customers in dozens of communities across the state. PNM is a subsidiary of PNM Resources, an energy holding company also headquartered in Albuquerque. For more information, visit PNM.com.
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.
The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico