Commissioner Art De La Cruz recently joined U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to celebrate the establishment of six new wildlife refuges across the country, including the South Valley’s Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge.
Secretary Salazar and other officials gathered in Florida last Friday to lay commemorative planks for the new refuges on a walkway at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, the country’s first. The walkway commemorates all of the nation’s 561 wildlife refuges.
Commissioner De La Cruz was a driving force behind the establishment of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, the southwest’s first urban national wildlife refuge. Valle de Oro was established in September 2012.
The refuge covers 390 acres at the site of the former Price’s Dairy farm at 7851 2nd Street S.W, along the Rio Grande bosque.
“I appreciate Secretary Salazar’s invitation to join him and other representatives to commemorate this past year’s new wildlife refuges at Pelican Island last Friday,” Commissioner De La Cruz says. “I will continue to partner with our neighborhoods to identify positive education and economic development opportunities at Valle de Oro in our beautiful South Valley.”
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