|Louis Bacon of the Taos Valley Ski Valley Foundation. Photo: Nature.org|
“Thinning our forests makes them safer and healthier, and creates economic benefit through sustainable rural livelihoods. Before we launched the Water Fund, the annual average rate of thinning throughout the watershed was 3,000 acres. That’s not enough to make a difference,” says Ernie Atencio, the Conservancy in New Mexico’s Rio Grande Water Fund Program Associate. “In the first year of the Water Fund, we tripled the number of acres restored, and we hope to keep up that pace by thinning 600,000 acres in the next 20 years.”
Private-public partnerships to restore landscapes are strongly encouraged by the Cohesive Strategy. Read more here.