Outdoor Equity Fund
Creating an Outdoor Equity Fund in New Mexico.
NEW MEXICO Outdoor Equity Fund
The Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project is leading the charge to create an Outdoor Equity Fund in New Mexico. As we spent countless days and hours with youth on public lands, hiking, fishing, rafting, and talking about conservation, we realized a dire need for New Mexico youth and its communities: funding to make these programs sustainable. Here’s what we’re doing about it.
Establishing an outdoor equity fund in New Mexico
Working with State Rep. Angelica Rubio and other lawmakers, we’ve come up with a solution to help fund outdoor recreation and education programs for low-income youth. It’s called the Outdoor Equity Fund and it serves one simple purpose: provide state-administered micro-grants to help local governments, Indian communities, and nonprofits run outdoor rec. & education programs.
BUILDING A COALITION OF SUPPORT
Equitable access to public lands and waters in New Mexico is not just important, it’s necessary, and for many reasons. Empowering our youth to learn and play outside is critical to their future and well-being. While we are one of the poorest states, we are rich in public land and natural resources. Going outside has positive health effects on our youth, allows them to engage with their culture and traditions and learn about climate and the environment.
FIGHTING FOR EQUITY IN THE OFFICE OF OUTDOOR RECREATION
When lawmakers in New Mexico got serious about creating an office of Outdoor Recreation in New Mexico and growing the state’s ecotourism and outdoor recreation economy, we wanted to make sure that our communities, youth, and traditions weren’t forgotten or ignored. That’s why we’re fighting to create the Outdoor Equity Fund in parity with the Office of Outdoor Recreation. It’s the right thing to do for our communities.
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