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36.1 Percent of ABQ Open Space from total city acreage

This indicator provides the acres of open space owned and/or managed by the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division, comparing it to total Albuquerque land area.

This indicator is part of Preserved open space.

Indicator description:

The City of Albuquerque, New Mexico State Parks, Bernalillo County, and Federal Bureau of Land Management are all providers of open space acreage within Albuquerque and/or Bernalillo County. Open space land is undeveloped land to be preserved, protected and restored in order to maintain or improve the natural, scenic, ecological, cultural or geological values of the property. This indicator provides the acres of open space owned and/or managed by the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division (AOSD) comparing it to total Albuquerque land area. Since 1965, AOSD has acquired or managed undeveloped lands for the purposes of conservation, preservation, and outdoor education. About half of the Open Space acreage is within and the other half is outside City boundaries. This indicator also compares AOSD natural acres to peer Southwest communities.

 

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Why is this indicator relevant?

Open space lands provide habitat for native vegetation and wildlife. Properly preserved, wildlife corridors allow animal’s unbroken pathways from one area to another. Protecting lands from development gives people a natural landscape serving as a retreat from their urban environments. In addition, undeveloped lands are suitable areas for native plant habitat, wetlands, stream corridors, and low-impact activities, such as providing trails for non-motorized activities. Open space also serves as a natural laboratory environment for teaching and research by schools, universities, and other institutions close to the areas. In 2007, 68% of residents surveyed said they would be willing to pay up to one dollar more per month to improve and expand Open Space lands. Thus, monitoring the Open Space Network acreage is crucial for insuring Albuquerque maintains provision of an appropriate amount of open space.


Data Sources:
City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department, Open Space Division; The Trust for Public Lands, Center for Parks Excellence; Albuquerque Citizen Perception of Community Conditions survey, 2007.

What can we tell from the data?

  • Acres of land owned and/or managed by Albuquerque Open Space Division compare very favorably to peer southwestern communities.
  • Since fiscal year 2003, Albuquerque Open Space acres have increased 8%, from 26,786 to 28,932.
  • Albuquerque Open Space acreage to total City land area indicates that 24% of our total City-managed land area is dedicated Open Space. In addition, New Mexico State Parks, Bernalillo County, and Federal Bureau of Land Management Open Space are easily accessible to Albuquerque residents.

 

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