Recent News

Restoring Migration Corridors for Pronghorn Antelope in Southeast NM 
The article is posted below in its entirety.  It will appear in the BLM Daily soon.

What is Sustainable Agriculture?

What is Sustainable Agriculture Episode 1

Farmers and researchers are working together to develop and implement agricultural practices that increase profitability, quality of life and environmental stewardship. SARE’s new series of short animated videos illustrate how producers can improve the success and health of their farms by implementing sustainable practices. The eight “What is Sustainable Agriculture?” videos are useful and engaging for audiences with a variety of educational backgrounds and complement other educational resources well.

For more information click on this link:


Dear Friends:

We are excited to announce the 2021 New Mexico Grown Institute conference,       April 20-22, 2021!  Please find the registration and information herein.

Best to all, Pam Roy

Farm to Table and the

NM Food & Agriculture Policy Council

Registration is open for the 

2021 New Mexico Grown Institute

Virtual Gathering for New Mexico’s Farm to Cafeteria Practitioners

Tuesday, April 20 – Thursday, April 22, 2021


Register Here! 


February 2021 

New Mexico Water Data Initiative 

Newsletter and Success Story

posted below!


Construction in progress for new San Juan SWCD office

ABOVE: San Juan SWCD board members, staff, and recently retired State Representative Paul Bandy officially break ground on the new building site January 6, 2021. From left to right: Board member Leo Pacheco, Paul Bandy, District Manager Melissa May, Board Chair John Arrington, Board Vice Chair DeAnne McKee, Board Treasurer Ralph Fenton, and Watershed Coordinator Alyssa Richmond. Photo taken by Assistant District Manager Andy Bleckinger.  For the full story, click here:  San Juan SWCD Newsletter
NRCS Announces New Application Deadline for Conservation Innovation Grants   in New Mexico

Albuquerque, N.M., February 25, 2021     – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has posted the funding opportunity USDA-NRCS-NM-CIG-21-NOFO0001061 for the New Mexico Conservation Innovation Grants at The deadline to submit a proposal through is April 20, 2021.


NRCS will make available up to $50,000 of funding for eligible individuals, local and state governments, non-governmental organizations, and tribes in New Mexico. Applicants must follow the instructions in the notice of funding and submit a complete package by the application deadline to be considered for funding. The grant opportunity is located at


To read the full news release and learn more about the program, click here.


For more information on CIG in New Mexico, contact your local NRCS office.

USDA Invests More than $46 Million to Protect Communities from Wildfires, Restore Forest Ecosystems and Improve Drinking Water

Sierra Blanca Restoration Partnership – One of 8 new Partnerships



USDA Invests More than $46 Million to Protect Communities from Wildfires, Restore Forest Ecosystems and Improve Drinking Water

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USDA Invests More than $46 Million to Protect Communities from Wildfires, Restore Forest Ecosystems and Improve Drinking Water

Albuquerque N.M., April 6, 2021 � The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest more than $46 million this year through the Joint Chiefs� Landscape Restoration Partnership for projects that mitigate wildfire risk, improve water quality, and restore healthy forest ecosystems on public and private lands. One of the eight new projects announced will be The Sierra Blanca Restoration Partnership in New Mexico.

To read the full news release, click here.�

The Sierra Blanca Restoration Partnership, in New Mexico, is one of eight new projects.

Total FY21 Funding Request: $567,612 (NRCS $238,112 and USFS $329,500)
NRCS Application Deadline:� May 7, 2021
NRCS Ranking Deadline: June 25, 2021
NRCS Obligation deadline:� July 30, 2021

Project description: Located near the picturesque Sierra Blanca Mountain, this project sits in the southern half of Lincoln County and the northern portion of Otero County. Heavy fuel loadings of Pinon-Juniper, Ponderosa Pine, and Mixed Conifer forest contribute to high risk of uncharacteristic wildfire and significant threat to local communities, infrastructure, two adjacent wilderness areas, source water for community water supplies, as well as the congressionally designated Snowy River Cave System. This project will provide for treatment on a combination of private, Tribal, municipal, Federal lands, and New Mexico state lands. Project activities will focus on mechanical fuels reduction, prescribed burning, riparian area restoration, to include mastication in Pinon-Juniper areas with minimal understory. Desired landscape outcomes are improved resilience of firesheds and watersheds, and increased water quality and supply. Ancillary benefits of these outcomes will be enhanced wildlife habitat for several threatened and endangered (T&E) species, and ability to reintroduce native Cutthroat Trout into the local watersheds. Benefits to the community include lowered risk for wildfire, efficiencies and strategic security for water quality/supply, and stimulation of the local economy via enhanced tourism opportunities.


    The 74th NMACD Annual Conference hosted by Region V was held virtually Tuesday, November 10th, with 130 registered.  For the Outstanding Award winners for this year's NMACD Awards, click on State under News and Events.

    Each year NMACD honors all those conservation partners and friends who have left us during the year.  The Memorial presentation is at the bottom of this page for you to access.  Please join us in remembering them.

NMACD Admin,
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