CCAs and CCAAs work. CEHMM programs make a difference for partners, species.

This Op Ed was written in response to the article titled “’It’s our place to take care of them’: New Mexico landowners fight to save lesser prairie chicken” published by the Carlsbad Current-Argus on April 9, 2021.

In November 2011, I moved to Carlsbad, N.M., for a Wildlife Biologist position with CEHMM, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that has created a wide range of programs that work toward issues that affect both human health and the environment. These projects serve the community, the region, and the state through conservation, education, job creation, and research leading to solutions for environmental and technical challenges. Initially, my husband and I thought Carlsbad would be a one- or two-year transition.  Because of the programs CEHMM has to offer, we have grown to love and consider Carlsbad to be home for us and our two daughters.