Chevron announced a $100,000 donation to Friends of the Living Desert, a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to provide supplemental financial assistance and volunteer support to Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park in Carlsbad.
The state park opened in 1971 and is managed by the State Parks Division (SPD) of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Department (EMNRD).
According to a news release from Friends of the Living Desert, the funds would be used to make energy efficiency upgrades to the park’s visitor center, including potential improvements to the center’s rooftop solar power system. The donation would also support Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades and repairs to the park’s 1.3 mile pathway.
“With state resources challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic, Chevron is pleased to be able to provide additional support to Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park through our donation to Friends of the Living Desert,” said Nathan Carroll, Delaware Basin Operations Superintendent for the company’s Mid-Continent Business Unit (MCBU).
“Living Desert is an important part of the Carlsbad community and a treasured place of learning for students and families in southeast New Mexico.”
Sandra Cosand, president of Friends of the Living Desert, said the improvements would be guided through a cooperative agreement with the State Parks Division.
“Sincere thanks to Chevron for this generous and thoughtful donation to the Friends of the Living Desert. The trail improvements that this grant makes possible will greatly enhance the visitor experience at the park, and upgrades to the visitor center’s energy system will be a gift that keeps on giving for many years to come. I truly appreciate Chevon’s investments in our community” said Cathrynn Brown, New Mexico State Representative, District 55.
The state park is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It features more than 50 species of animals and hundreds of species of plants native to the Chihuahuan Desert. The park currently exhibits two internationally endangered species: the Mexican Gray Wolf and the Bolson tortoise.
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