Heavy equipment work assisting Interagency lands with removing invasive salt cedar. Photo Credit: M. Goyette, USFWS
Ongoing Projects of San Andres Wildlife Refuge
The operation of a National Wildlife Refuge requires a lot of effort on the part of Refuge staff and volunteers. Projects range from installing a public information kiosk, to installing green energy projects that reduce the amount of non-renewable energy consumed by the Refuge.
The Refuge received a 2008 Federal Energy and Water Management Award from
the U.S. Department of Energy for our work on trying to convert all electricity use on the Refuge from non-renewable to renewable sources. The Refuge has installed approximately 6 Kilowatts of solar and wind energy production facilities at the headquarters. This has reduced our electricity consumption from the local utility by about 80%. The Refuge is working to obtain additional solar capability so that all electrical needs are powered by renewable energy produced on site. The Refuge
also received a 2008 Environmental Achievement Award for this same project from the Department of Interior.
The Refuge has also converted all heavy equipment and all but one hybrid motor vehicle to run on a mixture of biodiesel.
Soil erosion projects are being constructed with the assistance of local volunteer organizations. This work is performed to reverse head cutting in arroyos and to protect springs and roadways from being washed out by heavy rains.
Refuge staff have recently completed the installation of a multi-agency kiosk at the San Augustin Pass on the south side of U.S. Highway 70 East. The informative kiosk panels tell visitors about the area and all the different Federal agencies that manage land in the Tularosa Basin.
New mutli-agency kiosk at San Augustin Pass on the south side of Highway 70 East. Photo Credit: K. Cobble, USFWS
San Andres National Wildlife Refuge is the third largest Refuge in New Mexico. Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge is the largest in the state at 229,673 acres and Grulla National Wildlife Refuge in eastern New Mexico is the smallest with 3,230 acres. The seven Wildlife Refuges in New Mexico contain a cumulative total of 384,430 acres of invaluable wildlife habitat.
January 2013 snowfall on Refuge. Photo Credit: K. Cobble, USFWS