Welcome to WHITFIELD, Home of the Valencia Soil & Water Conservation District!

WE ARE HIRING our Next Team Member:


  • ​This Saturday 10 am to 2 pm: Public Listening Session
  • Visit with us on the The Future of the RACA Project
  • Address: 16 Rio Grande Stables Road
  • Light snacks and drinks provided---bring walking shoes and sun-hat!
  • See our One Page Event Flyer and 4-Page: Why Is RACA Special
OVERVIEW of the Rio Abajo Conservation Area: WHY IS RACA SPECIAL?
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Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area's Upper Area has returned to normal hours (Tuesday through Saturday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM), while the Lower Area (west of the La Constancia Ditch) is open to the public ONLY AROUND WHITIFLED POND and Kandy Cordova Nature Trail.  The remainder of WWCA is closed to the public for safety & wildlife habitat concerns related to fire damage and falling limbs (public signage coming soon).

SUPER HAPPY to THANK EVERYONE WHO Attended Our 3rd Annual Earth Day Science Fiesta  (Friday and Saturday (April 22-23)---GRATEFUL to Our COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS!

**District Updates**

NEW HOURS: Effective April 1, Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area grounds and the District Office will be now be opened to the public Tuesday through Saturday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. 

Mulch supplies have sprung back: Come get free mulch at WWCA #freemulch4thepeople   (Thanks to Mario and Tree Experts LLC!!)

Welcome to the Valencia Soil and Water Conservation District website. Here you will find information about the district,  Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area, education programs offered, upcoming news, meetings and events.  For up to date exciting announcements, news and events, Like us on Facebook!

Watch the video below to view our highlights of 2021! 


Pathway to Stewardship Project

During the months of June-August 2021, 20 local youth participated in a multiple field trip experience where they learned about native plant and animal habitats, restoration and conservation efforts, and new ways of creating sustainable and equitable habitats for a thriving ecosystem.


View the story map below for complete details of this amazing adventure!

 The application window has CLOSED for our Financial Assistance Program for FY22. (July 1 2021-June 30 2022)

7 Awards have been made for the Stand Alone Practice, while 8 Standard Conservation Project proposals have been awarded. 

 Click on the link below for more information

Photo Credit: Marta Wood

District Latest Newsletters

The latest Fall and Winter 2021 Newsletter is now available! Click on the link below to view the entire newsletter

VSWCD Fall/Winter 2021 Newsletter
VSWCD Fall-Winter 2021 Newsletter Final [...]
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VSWCD Winter Newsletter 2020
Winter Newsletter MAR21.pdf
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VSWCD Fall 2020 Newsletter
VSWCD Fall 2020 Newsletter.pdf
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 You are invited to the Valencia Soil & Water Conservation District Board via in-person, teleconference or listening by livestream on our YouTube Channel:    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs47Tf1MnWkl8ehCIy2ykmw


Upcoming Meetings 2022: TUESDAY MAY 24, 2022 is the next VSWCD Regular Business Meeting of the Board of Supervisors starts at 4 PM. Meetings can now be attended in person (WWCA is at 2424 Highway 47, Belen, NM) or remotely, through video/audio conference call (via Microsoft Teams platform).


Tips on joining remotely

  • Make sure you have a good internet connection
  • If you are joining by computer/laptop, you should be able to join by web or by Microsoft Teams
  • If you are joining by phone/tablet, you might have to download app to join.
  • Do a test run and join the meeting when you have a chance, even if it is days in advance. So you can make sure all your settings are set up correctly.
  • If you need help, Contact District Director, Andrew Hautzinger, andrewhautzinger@valenciaswcd.org


    Join on your computer or mobile app

    Click here to join the meeting

    Or call in (audio only)

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    Phone Conference ID: 947 334 101#


Public comments for teleconference regular meetings will be accepted up to 3 pm day of the meeting (4th Tuesday of the month).  Public comments must be written and be accompaned with name and address and will be read by a District designate at the meeting.  Agenda provides more information on comment policy and procedures.  Thank you for your comments.



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