In 2005, a program was launched that would change the history of land management in New Mexico – and now the nation. A vision to work with partners in restoring degraded landscapes across the state became action and, with over 1.8 million acres restored since 2005, results on a historic scale!
Partners under ‘Restore New Mexico’ started with a remarkably ambitious goal: pooling their resources to restore hundreds of thousands of acres of land each year within priority watersheds, regardless of land ownership type, leading to the restoration of landscapes to their full ecological potential.
Truth be told, we didn’t know if this vision was actually doable on the scale we had hoped for. The bottom line was that we wanted to make a difference; everyone interested in restoring land was, and is, welcome to join us. It’s only because of the many partners involved in this effort – BLM, along with other federal and state agencies, local communities, soil and water conservation districts, ranchers and other individuals, the energy industry and conservation groups – that we have restored over 1.8 million acres!
Since day one, our motto has been Git R Done! There are another 4 million acres in our state that could use some sort of restoration work, such as thinning of overgrown forests, reductions in mesquite, creosote and salt cedar, plus the reclamation of abandoned oil fields, and more.
So, what does the future hold? We will continue and even expand restoration and reclamation efforts and continue to recruit partners to join us. We hope you will help us in these efforts!
Click here to view before and after photos of Restore New Mexico treatments.