Talk about covering a lot of ground …
Meet Ben Lanford, our only full-time federal wildlife officer in the entire state of New Mexico.
He’s the primary officer for Bosque del Apache, Sevilleta, Las Vegas, Maxwell, Rio Mora, San Andres and Valle de Oro Refuges. That’s roughly 400,000 acres of refuge land in a 160,000–square–mile territory!
Although he doesn’t do it alone, this 27–year–old New Mexico native does have to act as a jack of all trades sometimes.
Read more about his work and what inspired him to come work with us: http://1.usa.gov/1fdsWyO
Photo: Most of federal wildlife officer Ben Lanford’s work involves game warden duties, but he regularly does narcotics enforcement, too. (USFWS)