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About ORD

The Outdoor Recreation Division (ORD) is dedicated to enhancing the mental and physical well-being of New Mexicans through the transformative power of outdoor recreation. We are committed to inspiring all New Mexicans to protect and cherish their natural heritage – the lands, waters, flora, and fauna that make our state unique. By fostering a deep sense of stewardship, we aim to drive long-term, sustainable investments in infrastructure and education.

Our Mission

To increase equitable access to the outdoors for all New Mexicans, ensuring healthy outcomes, environmental stewardship, and economic prosperity.

Guided by our Core Values

  • Sustainable Economic Development 
  • Equity and Access 
  • Conservation and Stewardship 
  • Education 
  • Health and Well-being 

Our Vision

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed New Mexico’s Outdoor Recreation Division into law on April 2, 2019. At the time, our office joined a dozen other states committed to growing and championing the outdoor recreation economy, which we recognize as an immensely powerful engine to grow wealth and job opportunities in our state. Written into the law was the first-ever Outdoor Equity Fund, a grant intended to help underserved youth get outside.

“When we create a focused office to both attract new businesses and boost existing concerns, we will plant our flag alongside Colorado, Montana, Utah and others—and indeed we have the potential to surpass them,” Lujan Grisham said when the bill passed the Senate. “With this targeted investment, we can and will attract more young adults who emphasize the outdoors in where they choose to live; we will provide important new opportunities to disadvantaged youth through the first-of-its-kind equity fund; and we will expand the economic reach of this industry to all corners of this state.”

We have an ambitious vision for outdoor recreation in New Mexico. Our goal is nothing short of transforming the state’s economic, social, and environmental future by championing sustainable outdoor recreation and increasing access to it for all New Mexicans, especially those who have been excluded from the traditional outdoor recreation and environmental movements. The Outdoor Recreation Division works to achieve positive, measurable impacts within economic development, conservation, equity, education, and public health. The Outdoor Recreation Division’s success is dependent on collaboration, with New Mexican businesses, nonprofits, and partner state and federal agencies. Through this network, we aim to engage all New Mexicans as stewards of the state’s incredible natural resources.