Nice to see the US Fish & Wildlife service spending OUR Duck Stamp funds on the new urban wildlife refuge which I feel sure will have a year around water supply and BTW is unhuntable. Is the Refuge a good idea or not? According to the Albq Journal it will give city residents more access to wildlife along the Rio Grande floor. Last time I looked we have bike trails, horse trails which gives access to the Rio Gande river the largest wildlife refuge in the state, the Albuquerque City Limits which winters thousands of migratory birds from Nov-Feb
Along with the lack of water and no plans in the future to develop HUNTABLE areas this project seems to be a slap in the face of sportsman in NM who buy stamps of all types to help fund a hunting heritage we believe in. I for one would rather see the US Fish & Wildlife service place OUR funds into rebuilding Tucumcari Lake, or purchase water so La Joya refuge has water year around.
Sportsman have been funding projects like Valle de Oro for people who don't contribute anything into the conservation of wildlife and we receive nothing in return
except dry refuges that lack any habitat suitable for hunting.
A special thanks goes out to D-N.M. Rep Martin Heinrich
for all you do for Sportsman.