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Albuquerque open space agency to be led by woman

November 14, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Colleen McRoberts has been selected as Albuquerque’s first female open space superintendent.

McRoberts’ appointment was announced Tuesday. She’ll oversee more than 45 square miles (117 square kilometers) of major public open space in New Mexico’s most populous city.

McRoberts served as an open space coordinator for Bernalillo County for more than a decade. She also was a Peace Corps volunteer for three years and a research assistant for the World Wildlife Fund.

McRoberts’ appointment comes as communities around the state look to attract more visitors and expand New Mexico’s multibillion-dollar outdoor recreation economy.

Organizers already are planning for next year’s New Mexico Outdoor Economics Conference in Silver City and a push is underway for New Mexico to join other western state in creating an Office of Outdoor Recreation.

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