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    Community Garden

    Children from the community help resident gardener and Friends Group member, Mary Deschene, tend to the garden many times each week.

    Community Garden Tumblr

  • Within the crop fields on the refuge / Don Usner ©

    Thankful for Partners

    Because of the hard work of many partners, Valle de Oro Refuge was established for the benefit of wildlife, habitat and you!


  • Rio Grande River utilization / USFWS

    Flagship Project

    Valle de Oro Refuge is a flagship project of the Middle Rio Grande Initiative, an effort to restore and manage this portion of river.

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  • Egret in flight / Steve Valasek ©

    For Wildlife & You!

    National Wildlife Refuges are managed for wildlife and habitat and to ensure future generations will always have wild places to explore!

  • Educational tour on the refuge / USFWS

    Getting to Know Your Refuge

    The newly established refuge offers tours and open houses for the public. Call to make an appointment and visit your refuge.

    Plan Your Visit



Conceptual Site Plans Revealed

On June 17th, 2014,two conceptual designs for the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge site plan were revealed during a public meeting at the Mountain View Community Center. These preliminary drawings illustrate the ideas that have been formulated by you, the public.

See the plans.

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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  • Our Transportation Scholar


    Check out the Tumblr blog curated and written by our Transportation Scholar, Marisa Rodriguez-McGill. It discusses the Mountain View Community and the barriers to mobility they face each day while traveling along 2nd Street SW.

    Marisa's Blog
  • Planning for Climate Change

    Overcast skies beyond wild sunflowers / USFWS

    Albuquerque was selected as the site for this year’s Climate Change Scenario Planning Project. Planning for a rapidly growing region like Albuquerque in an arid climate means addressing challenges of congestion, sprawl, energy use, vehicle emissions, and water scarcity exacerbated by climate change. To help develop long-term mitigation and adaptation strategies, the Volpe Center is working with a team of federal, regional, and state stakeholders to execute a scenario planning project in Albuquerque to integrate climate change considerations into existing and continuing transportation, land use, coastal zone, and hazard mitigation planning processes. As Albuquerque’s urban refuge, Valle de Oro NWR will be directly involved in this project.

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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Mallard ducks in the refuge's agriculture fields / USFWS, Within the crop fields on the refuge / Don Usner ©, Rio Grande River utilization / USFWS, Egret in flight / Steve Valasek ©, Educational tour on the refuge / USFWS, Visiting the refuge / USFWS, Overcast skies beyond wild sunflowers / USFWS, Rio Grande River route / Don Usner ©
Last Updated: Jul 07, 2015
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