Current Mil Levy Funded Projects

Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area

  • Recreational opportunities including walking, birdwatching, nature journaling and special events
  • Hands-on learning materials and outreach opportunities for school aged students
  • Adult educational opportunities through the Master Naturalist Program
  • Service learning and internship opportunities connecting the Rio grande to the surrounding landscape
  • Events, programs and workshops happening year round for all ages

VSWCD Education Program

  • Current mil levy has allowed the District to hire a full-time Education Manager

Financial Assistance Program


East Valencia Urban Gardens Program

  • Implementation of two community gardens on the East Mesa, producing over 2,500 lbs of produce each year, demonstrating sustainable farming methods.
  • Implementation of a Youth Farming Internship Program - currently serving 15 interns.
  • Free classes and workshops on growing food in an arid, hot climate while conserving water and soil resources.
  • Hands-on learning opportunities for kids groups.
  • Outreach to hundreds of community members on how to start a garden and adopt conservation methods.





Future Mil Levy Projects with Increase to 1 Mil Levy will include but not limited to:


  • Scholarships, internships and cost-share programs for youth and college students 
  • Small business support for farmers and ranchers 
  • Enhanced school and community environmental education programs available for students, teachers and local community residents
  • School and community education programs on growing food and starting food gardens at home
  • Further land restoration to increase public access for walking trails, horseback riding, hiking and fishing 
  • Natural resource management programs and projects on forest health, rangeland restoration, hazardous fuels reduction, wetlands protection, weed management, soil erosion and much more 
  • New building construction to enhance visitor experience 
  • Eco friendly solar shade structure for visitors 
  • Financial support to collaborate efforts to promote open and green space protection
  • Capacity building 





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Valencia SWCD

PO Box 170

Belen, NM 87002


Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area
2424 Hwy 47
Belen, NM  87002


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2019 Holiday Schedule
Office will be closed in observance of these days.

Tuesday, January 1st New Year’s Day

Monday, January 21st Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday

Monday, February 18th Washington’s Birthday

Monday, May 27th Memorial Day

Thursday, July 4th Independence Day

Monday, September 2nd Labor Day

Monday, October 14th Columbus Day

Monday, November 11th Veterans Day (OBSERVED)

Thursday, November 28th Thanksgiving Day

Wednesday, December 25th Christmas Day

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