Protecting the Caja del Rio Plateau Will Safeguard Wildlife, Ancient Artifacts, Cultural Traditions

SANTA FE, N.M. (June 30, 2022) – The Santa Fe City Council’s unanimous vote in support of a resolution calling for permanent protection of the Caja del Rio plateau will safeguard wildlife corridors, ancient petroglyphs and important lands for Pueblo and Spanish land grant communities. The Caja del Rio encompasses approximately 107,000 acres of land with diverse wildlife populations, ancient cultural artifacts, sweeping landscapes, and sites that are sacred to the Pueblo people. 

“We appreciate this important step taken by the Santa Fe City Council and the leadership of Councilmembers Chris Rivera and Renee Villarreal. The Caja landscape tells the vibrant story of the American Southwest and shows the interconnectedness of all of us who live in the Land of Enchantment,” said Rev. Andrew Black, public lands field director at the National Wildlife Federation and minister at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe. “Protecting the Caja ensures that future generations will be able to enjoy our abundant wildlife, rich historical and cultural traditions, and responsible recreation on this cherished landscape.” 



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