The latest acquisition of almost 1,200 acres of private land near the Colorado border will help New Mexico protect its migration corridors for elk, mule deer, and other animals.
According to the New Haven Register, the Bureau of Land Managements paid $900,000 for four private in-holdings located within the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument near Taos.
Money provided by the Land and Water Conservation fund helped seal three years of negotiations with land owners, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the Bureau of Land Management.
"This is a crucial swath of land and a key migration corridor for approximately 10,000 elk that move back and forth between New Mexico and Colorado,” Kyle Weaver, the foundation's president and CEO, said in a statement.
The partnership with the Elk Foundation allows the federal agency to increase access to public lands for traditional and recreational activities such as fuelwood gathering, hunting, camping, and grazing.
Subdivisions, roads, fences, and energy development all contribute to the loss of big-game habitat, preventing these animals from migrating between their seasonal grazing grounds.
The latest purchase of land by the state is a huge step in the right way.
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