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January 16, 2024

Governor’s Office Announces State Of The State Guests Of The Governor

Mary Garwood is a new Carlsbad City Councilor who has championed litter reduction, recycling, and  beautification efforts in Carlsbad. Previously, she was the executive director of Keep Carlsbad Beautiful  for eight years. She currently serves on the New Mexico Clean and Beautiful Committee ... read more

March 14, 2023

ORD Announces Five New Outdoor Recreation Trails+ Grant Projects

The Outdoor Recreation Division has now funded 90 Trails+ projects across the state

SANTA FE, N.M. - Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced today that five communities across New Mexico will receive new outdoor recreation grants through the Outdoor Recreation Trails+ grant program.


The Outdoor Recreation Trails+ grant is a program of New Mexico’s Outdoor Recreation Division (ORD), a division of the New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD). ORD works to ensure that all New Mexicans gain from the public health, read more...

August 17, 2022

Oil & gas impacts lead to lawsuit for federal action on lesser prairie chicken protection

Lesser prairie chickens once numbered in the million across the American West, known for their unique mating dances on the prairies of southeast New Mexico and other states.

Restoring that historical populace was debated for years in court, with a recent lawsuit aiming to compel the federal government to act.  ... read more

October 7, 2021

Working together to protect the Hornshell mussel

On a hot summer day in August, I had the privilege of joining the CEHMM biologists when they partnered with Miami University, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to survey for Texas Hornshell mussels in the Black more

JUNE 3, 2021

CEHMM and Candidate Conservation Agreements

Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a proposed rule to list the lesser prairie chicken under the Endangered Species Act. A 12-month fact-finding process is currently underway. If the chicken is listed as endangered next year in New Mexico, this could result in a series of rules, which would be highly prohibitive to industry operators and ranchers. ... read more



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October 18, 2023

Mesquite Model Helps New Mexico Partners Treat Millions of Grassland Acres

For more than a decade, the Restore New Mexico partnership has worked to remove mesquite and improve grassland conditions in southeast New Mexico for Lesser Prairie-Chickens and other wildlife. This partnership — made up of state and federal agencies, local soil and water conservation districts, and nonprofits — works together to prioritize areas for aerial herbicide treatment and enroll landowners and lessees in multi-year agreements to treat the land they operate. The result is tens of thousands of acres of mesquite-invaded woodland being treated every year., read more...

February 20, 2023

CEHMM's candidate conservation agreement programs work

Since 2008, the Center of Excellence (dba CEHMM), a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization based out of Carlsbad, New Mexico, has worked tirelessly with local landowners, the oil and gas industry, the Bureau of Land Management, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to implement conservation measures for the now federally listed Lesser Prairie-Chicken (LPC) through voluntary, cooperative agreements.

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July 11, 2022

Carlsbad Community Foundation Announces CEHMM Grant Recipient

The Foundation is pleased to announce that CEHMM has been awarded a Benjamin P. Duke Memorial Grant! Funds will be used to provide an environmental education exhibit at BLM's Cottonwood Day Use Area, promoting the conservation of the Texas Hornshell Mussel, the Rio Grande River Cooter, and two fish species - the Blue Sucker and the Gray Redhorse. Shown in the photo are CEHMM's Executive Director Emily Wirth and Operations Manager Matt Mathis, who successfully applied for the competitive Duke Grant, which benefits animals, domestic and wild.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2021

All in a Day's Work

CEHMM, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, works through cooperative conservation, education, job creation, and research to find solutions to matters affecting human health and the environment. Currently, CEHMM has 23 team members. This past summer, we hired a full-time intern, and we are currently seeking two more full-time team members, with plans to hire additional interns in the coming months.. ... read more

MARCH 2021

CEHMM Programs Make a Difference

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 more

September 21, 2023

Devon Energy Volunteers Help Conservation Efforts in Carlsbad

Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy volunteers and experts from the Center for Excellence recently participated in the New Mexico Bureau of Land Management’s National Public Lands Day events.

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August 19, 2022

CEHMM's Executive Director, Emily Wirth, was recently part of a panel with the Congressional Western Caucus!

Watch the full video by clicking HERE

Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Vice Chair Yvette Herrell (NM-02), and Reps. August Pfluger (TX-11) and Tracey Mann (KS-01) host a Congressional Western Caucus Species Week Forum to discuss the ongoing state and local species conservation efforts to protect and restore the habitat for the lesser prairie chicken in New Mexico, Texas, and Kansas.

Taylor Riggins, NMCGA

There to keep landowners and the industry working since 2004

In New Mexico, ranchers have been caring for the land since before statehood.  We continually adopt new and innovative ways to improve the landscape, ensuring its sustainability for livestock and wildlife habitat. Conservation programs are just one way that ranching families work to leave the land better than they found it. ... read more

AUGUST 16, 2021

Custom-made seed mixes help revitalize landscapes

Neil Young wrote lyrics that read, “Home, home on the range,” a place where “the skies are not cloudy all day.”  While this song wasn’t necessarily written for New Mexico, it certainly comes to mind when I see grassy lands where “the deer and the antelope play.”  In the past few years, New Mexico experienced a long season of drought, making it difficult for ranchers and farmers, and impacted grazing lands and wildlife across the state... read more

MARCH 2021

CEHMM Participates in Career Day

Recently, CEHMM participated in the Alamogordo High School Career Day. We provided students with reusable bags and pens. CEHMM provided a PowerPoint video that the students watched instead of an in-person presentation because of COVID-19 restrictions. The educators reported, "our kids really enjoyed the virtual format."

If you would like a copy of our presentation for your school or would like CEHMM to participate in your career fair, please contact:
Karla - | 575.361.3275


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