ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Lawmakers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife workers and volunteers donned hard hats and grabbed shovels during a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge visitor center on Friday.
The 10,000-square-foot visitor center is expected to be completed in one year. It will include an amphitheater, education center, exhibit hall, staff offices, a space for the Friends of Valle de Oro organization and a new maintenance facility.
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall applauded the local organizations that secured funding for the new center.