ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A new state fund is designed to bring underprivileged young New Mexicans outdoors, and hopefully cultivate a lifelong interest in outdoor recreation in the process.
The state’s Outdoor Recreation Division announced the 25 recipients of grants through the Outdoor Equity Fund last week. The fund provides small grants for New Mexico organizations that have committed to helping local students explore nature. Axie Navas, the division’s director, said the program is designed to fund projects that foster a love of the outdoors. Navas said this, in turn, encourages New Mexico students to pursue careers in the industry, creating a workforce for jobs ranging from land management specialists to bike shop owners.
“Early exposure is one of the main ways that we become accustomed to the natural world and interested in working for it,” Navas said.