New Mexico Outdoor Equity Fund
The Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project led the charge to create the New Mexico Outdoor Equity Fund during the 2019 Legislative Session. 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. We’re thrilled to announce that the New Mexico Outdoor Equity Fund has been signed into law by New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham, and goes into effect July 1, 2019.
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 New Mexico 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.
Outdoor Equity Fund in the News
Associated Press: New Mexico seeks bigger slice of outdoor recreation economy
High Country Journal: New Mexico lawmakers focus on equity in the outdoors
Outside Online: Op-Ed: Access to the Outdoors Is a Basic Human Right
Santa Fe Reporter: A more equitable outdoors
ABQ Journal: State raises outdoor recreation to the next level
ABQ Journal: Legislator Plans to Ride Bike to Roundhouse
ABQ Journal: Outdoor Equity Fund will connect young to New Mexico
Southwest Bike Initiative: New Mexico a leader in the great outdoors
Santa Fe New Mexican: Getting outdoors boosts people, and the economy
Santa Fe New Mexican: Expectations High for Lujan Grisham’s first term
Gov. Lujan Grisham Press Release: Governor Lujan Grisham, agency leaders, legislative sponsors introduce, tout outdoor recreation bill
The Wilderness Society: New Mexico pioneers efforts to make the outdoors more accessible
Silver City Radio: Radio Brief on the Outdoor Equity Fund
Earth Keepers: Outdoor Equity
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