New Mexico landscapes sharing in massive federal investment

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The federal government is putting millions of dollars towards National Park Service sites around the mountain west as part of the Inflation Reduction Act. So, what is New Mexico getting out of the funding?

New Mexico will share in funding for addressing invasive species at Carlsbad Caverns and other site in New Mexico and Arizona. Nearly a million dollars will go to a handful of sites in order to address an overpopulation of bullfrogs and to try to restore native amphibians.

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Aztec Ruins National Monument, in San Juan County, will get funds to help boost native seed recovery. A few sites in Arizona and Texas will also share in the funding to restore the shortgrass prairie ecosystem.

Bandelier National Monument and White Sands National Park will share in funding to help restore native plants and reduce vulnerability to climate change. Parks across the southwest will also get funding for resiliency.

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All told, the National Park Service is putting $195 million towards projects across the U.S., the park service says.

“This investment in conservation demonstrates an unprecedented commitment towards tackling the climate crisis and strengthening America’s resilience,” National Park Service Director Chuck Sams said in a press release. “From restoring species to cleaning up abandoned mines in our national parks, this investment will support ongoing efforts to protect and preserve our nation’s most cherished places.”

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