Friday, January 15, 2016

Taos Ski Valley Foundation Supports The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund with $125,000 Grant

Louis Bacon of the Taos Valley Ski Valley Foundation. Photo:
Louis Bacon’s Taos Ski Valley Foundation donated $125,000 to The Nature Conservancy to support healthier forests and clean water through the Rio Grande Water Fund. The Water Fund leverages public and private donations to increase the scale and scope of thinning overgrown trees from Taos to Albuquerque, securing water for 1 million people in New Mexico.
“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.

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