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Valle de Oro Community Update

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Valle de Oro Community Update

Time: November 1, 2018 from 5pm to 7pm
Location: Mt. View Community Center
Street: 201 Prosperity Ave SE
City/Town: Albuquerque 87105
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Event Type: meeting
Organized By: Valle de Oro
Latest Activity: Aug 27, 2018

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Event Description

An interactive community engagement meeting to learn about what's new with Valle de Oro NWR Projects.

Topics include but are not limited to:
Refuge Visitors Center construction, Completed environmental assessment, 2nd St construction, habitat restoration

Spanish & ASL translation and children's activities will be provided


Valle de Oro is one of the 50 wildlife refuges included in this summer's federal elimination of the ban on neonic pesticides and genetically-modified crops on wildlife refuge land. The federal elimination of the ban puts those decisions in the local refuge management's hands.

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Comment by Elizabeth Lake on August 27, 2018 at 1:25pm

Statement regarding recent federal memo:

The National Wildlife Refuge System, the public lands network managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, employs a number of wildlife management practices to deliver specific conservation objectives on each of their 566 national wildlife refuges. These practices include water management, fire management, cooperative farming and others. Service managers periodically review this suite of practices as they work to meet specific conservation objectives for the species that refuges support. In 2014, the decision to limit the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the use of neonicotinoid pesticides across the Refuge System was announced. Recently, an updated memo was released entitled 2018 Agricultural Practices in Wildlife Management on National Wildlife Refuges that allows for the use of GMOs and neonicotinoid pesticides on refuges, including Valle de Oro NWR.

Although Valle de Oro NWR is now allowed to permit the use of GMOs and use of neonicotinoid pesticide with cooperative farmers, the refuge and our the cooperative farmer do not anticipate using these tools as a part of agricultural management. Additionally, as part of the refuge restoration plans, agriculture will increasingly be reduced on the property as native habitat is restored. In 2018 the entire eastern portion of the refuge was taken out of farming and in 2019, what is left in agriculture is anticipated to be cut in half with the complete cessation of hay farming on the refuge by 2021.

Any questions about agricultural practices on Valle de Oro NWR can be directed to Refuge Manager Jennifer Owen-White (

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