|Contact:||Kathryn Vogel, (505) 277-2496 or
Steve Carr, (505) 277-1821
January 26, 2001
MEMO OF UNDERSTANDING TO SHARE INFORMATION SIGNED BETWEEN UNM BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT AND STATE LAND OFFICE
|A memo of understanding, between the New Mexico State Land Office and the University of New Mexico biology department concerning critical information about the health of the plants and animals on state trust land, was signed today in Albuquerque by Ray Powell, Commissioner of Public Lands, Dr. Kathryn Vogel, chairperson, UNM biology department and Dr. James Ligon, assistant director of the Museum of Southwestern Biology.|
This agreement is great on a variety of different levels, said Powell. The biology depart ment at the University of New Mexico represents the highest in academic achievement. The biology department is one of the most outstanding in the country and the reason is because its a first class department with great faculty and students, which will help us oversee 13,000 acres of state land. With their help, well have a better idea of whats on the land.
Its a celebration in saying we have a world class university and biology department making our state a better place.
PHOTO BY STEVE CARR
Ray Powell, Kathryn Vogel and James Ligon signing the memo.
Research projects involving undergraduate and graduate students in biology take place on state lands. In addition, biology classes make field trips to state lands; these lands are a resource for teaching biology, said Vogel. The plants and animals found on state lands will be archived as a part of the collections in the Museum of Southwestern Biology, which is a part of the department of biology.
This (agreement) means these plants and animals will be preserved and
knowledge about them made available worldwide. It is all part of the effort
to understand the ecology of New Mexico and to use this information to make
wise policy decisions concerning the use of state land.
The Asset Inventory Program was initiated in 1998 when Powell received legislative
funding to begin the program designed to survey archaeological and paleontological
sites, habitat and natural resources on state trust land. Subsurface assets,
including oil, gas and mineral reserves, as well as improvements made on the
land by grazing lessees, are also part of the inventory process.
Ultimately, all the information gained will be integrated into the State Land
Office Geographic Information System database for computer-aided analyses and
The Museum of Southwestern Biology is excited to continue our close collaboration with the State Land Office, said Dr. Timothy Lowrey, director of the Museum of Southwestern Biology. The research mission of the museum is to catalogue and study the biodiversity of the American Southwest. The results of our research, which are facilitated by the MOU, will be important contributions to the success of the Asset Inventory Program.
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