New wildlife refuge yours to behold

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With the creation of any great endeavor comes the efforts and support of many individuals.  The recent establishment of the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area at the former Wind River Ranch marked a monumental occasion for Mora County and northeastern New Mexico.  This newest addition to the National Wildlife Refuge System (protected areas for wildlife and people), makes it our nation’s 560th NWR and the ninth one in New Mexico.

I remain at a loss for words to express my excitement and gratitude for the significance of this project. I realize that we could have never celebrated the completion of the project if not for the support of the local citizens, politicians, organizations, educational institutions, and government entities in the Mora and Las Vegas area. From the local Cub Scouts and their parents attending public meetings to support from school board members at their meetings, the support was overwhelmingly positive throughout the 2½ -year process.  

My family, the Las Vegas Optic and local radio stations were also instrumental. You folks were great, and I do not take your support for granted.

We look forward to enhancing our working relationships to serve the people and wildlife that will benefit from the Rio Mora NWR and Conservation Area for generations to come. We owe it to our awesome donors, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Thaw, and the Thaw Charitable Trust.

Muchisimas gracias and come visit one of your National Wildlife Refuges.

Rob Larrañaga and staff
Wildlife Refuge Manager
Las Vegas NWR