Community Services

Vision Statement

We cherish our people from all cultures, our wildlife, our land, and our water. Our vision is a county where everyone has exceptional quality of life because our parks, trails, and open spaces connect us to the majestic mountains, diverse landscapes, flowing rivers, and thriving farms that feed us.

“Protecting historical and cultural sites is essential to preserving the county’s rich heritage and its living cultural traditions.”

“Expanding access to parks and open space in the county’s most underserved urban areas is central to promoting equity and ensuring that all residents have access to the sense of well-being that comes from being active outdoors.”

“Protecting imperiled working lands is crucial to ensuring that local farmers, ranchers, and community gardens can continue to support the local food system and help maintain Bernalillo County’s historic cultural traditions.”


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In the fall of 2017, the Bernalillo County Commission adopted the GreenPrint. This was the culmination of 2 years of effort by the Trust for Public Lands, County staff and a bevy of conservation stakeholders from the Fish and Wildlife Service and Forest Service to the Nature Conservancy, Wilderness Society and Rio Grande Agricultural Land Trust. The Project Evaluation Tool provides a way for staff to analyze and perform a first cut at due diligence on the prospective property to see if it is a priority for the County to pursue further. The project also resulted in data sets gathered in one place with other standard datasets so they can be used by anyone doing land conservation research.


What Is a GreenPrint?

GreenPrints are community-driven conservation plans. Through the GreenPrint process, communities make informed decisions about protecting important resources, including drinking water, cultural sites, open space, and working lands.


GreenPrint in Bernalillo County

This GreenPrint is about protecting the living, breathing heart of what makes Bernalillo County so special. Based on the public hearing that were held, special things that are worth protecting include a range of cultural sites, expanding access of the county’s diverse urban communities to close-to-home open space amenities and programming, and preserving local agricultural traditions across the urban-rural gradient.


Purpose of the GreenPrint

The purpose of this GreenPrint is to develop tools and a database that can be referenced to protect Bernalillo County’s unique resources by identifying conservation opportu­nities that best meet the community’s goals. In this GreenPrint, local stakeholders came together and selected five primary aims:

  1. Protect water quality in rivers and streams
  2. Preserve local agriculture and food produc­tion
  3. Protect wildlife habitat
  4. Protect important cultural and historical lands and sites
  5. Provide public access to healthy outdoor recreation
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