By Megan Kamerick
“Conservation and restoration don’t just preserve green. They also create it–as in money.
That’s the conclusion of a new report produced for Audubon New Mexico. The study, “The Economic Benefits of Southern New Mexico’s Natural Assets,” was conducted by Headwaters Economics in Montana and coalesces data from state and federal agencies and other sources to look at the return on investment of such environmental efforts….
….Chris Mehl, who worked on the report for Headwaters Economics, said the southern New Mexico region is blessed with an abundance of natural resources and is poised to get a ‘twofer.’ ‘You can create immediate labor and jobs in the community with restoration and conservation work, and see those translate into more jobs down the road,’ he said….”