New Mexico’s groundbreaking Outdoor Equity Fund is designed to make sure the great outdoors becomes more available, recognizing that the need to be in nature is a human right, not a lifestyle choice.

Signed into law in the spring, the fund is moving quickly to fulfill its purpose, with the announcement last week that the Youth Conservation Corps is accepting donations for the country’s first such fund. The corps is administering the Outdoor Equity Fund for the state Economic Development Department’s Outdoor Recreation Division, which came into being in the same legislation that created the fund.

State Rep. Angelica Rubio, who has championed outdoor access for all, wrote earlier this year that “It’s time that all of our families and children experience the outdoors and the potential of our state.”

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