Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge
The Valle de Oro Environmental and Economic Justice Strategic Plan (EEJSP or Plan) outlines a strategic path forward for the Refuge to integrate environmental and economic justice into its daily practice as the land is restored for wildlife and developed as an educational and recreational resource for the community. The Plan illustrates a collaborative, intentionally inclusive process, bringing community members and organizations together with government agencies to develop the first Environmental and Economic Justice Strategic Plan for a public land site which matches Refuge and Federal goals with the needs and aspirations of the community. The EEJSP development process involved research of the Environmental Justice movement as well as prior health and environmental studies, outreach, and neighborhood survey canvassing and analysis.
Our hope is that the process can be a model for other public land sites and government agencies for the development of environmental and economic justice strategic plans in order to serve their public missions and the communities in which they are located and build an invested body of partners, collaborators, and future conservation stewards around mutual goals.
This EEJSP was primarily authored by Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge (FVDO or Friends) and Los Jardines Institute (LJI) in consultation with Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge (VDO or Refuge) and with the support of a planning team representative of the South Valley and local government which including: Mountain View Neighborhood Association (MVNA) leadership, the Mountain View Elementary School (MVES) principal, representatives from Bernalillo County Parks and Recreation Department, the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA) and Apprenticeships for Leaders in Mosaic Arts (ALMA) provided support and comments on outreach materials, VDO EEJSP goals, and this report.
Please note that this report is still a draft. The core partners are working to solicit feedback on the draft report and publication, as well as develop an action plan before finalizing the EEJSP.
Lastly, FVDO, LJI and the Refuge wish to acknowledge and give sincere thanks to Mountain View and South Valley residents and the many organizations, institutions, and individuals whose work, input, and valuable contributions are reflected throughout this important plan.
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