Environmental Factors

Visitor recycling plastic.

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If you are a frequent visitor to national parks you have probably heard the phrase "leave no trace" quite often. Hikers, campers, and other visitors are advised to "leave only footprints." White Sands National Monument and its partners are committed to preserving our natural resources for generations to come. We can only do that with your help! Be a part of the team effort to safeguard this amazing place for many more generations. For more information on what we are doing and how you can help, read or download the following brochures.
 
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Going Green at White Sands
Frequent visitors to national parks have probably heard the phrase "leave no trace" quite often. Hikers, campers, and other visitors are advised to "leave only footprints." At White Sands National Monument, in partnership with the Western National Parks Association park store (WNPA) and White Sands Trading gift shop (WST), we have taken this idea a little further to include park operations as well.
 
Large brown animal with black and white face in grass.

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Oryx Gazella
Invasive species, or non-native plants or animals that have been introduced into an area, are often very detrimental to native plants, animals, and ecosystems. At White Sands National Monument, the oryx is one such animal. To reduce the impact this animal has on the delicate ecosystem of the dunefield, certain measures have been devised to keep the oryx out of the monument.
 
Playa system in the edge of the dunefield.

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Soil Food Web
Air, water, and soil are the three natural resources that are vital to life on Earth. Most of us easily recognize the importance of air and water in our daily lives. Each time we take a breath or a sip of water the importance of both are apparent, but how often do we think of the soil beneath our feet as vital to our existence?

Last updated: March 19, 2017

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 1086
Holloman AFB, NM 88330

Phone:

(575) 479-6124

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