WILD'N OUT: Students Visit National Wildlife Refuge
Students in the UNM Honors College seminar “Environmental Philosophy” visited the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) just south of Albuquerque, NM, on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The seminar, led by visiting Carruthers Professor David Schwartz, has been examining the environmental practice of ‘rewilding,’ which aims to restore developed lands back to their natural state prior to human intervention.
According to Valle de Oro staff, plans for the refuge incorporated input from local residents so that the refuge will serve not only the environment but also the needs and interests of the local human community. As one of only a handful of urban wildlife refuges in the United States, Valle de Oro aims to help people who live in urban and underserved areas to reconnect with wild nature. More about Valle de Oro NWR can be found at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/valle_de_oro/