April 29, 2013
Kenneth Cole, Albuquerque
I am very pleased to ask you for another term on NM Wild’s board. I have served as Chairperson
of the board for the last 18 months and have seen a great deal of progress in that period. The
designation these days of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument is testimony to the quality of our staff, and to the sound working relationship that has been established between local groups and various state and national conservation organizations. We should all be very proud of this accomplishment, as well as committed to other equally important actions to protect public lands in New Mexico.
Ken is a retired International Official with extensive experience in negotiating financial and technical support for community based economic and social development undertakings. As a lawyer (Berkeley Law) and an avid bird watcher, Ken has traveled all over the world and observed the benefits of healthy habitats and the problems caused by the degradation of natural resources. Ken has been involved in protection of dryland habitat for 15 years and worked to get the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification ratified.
Carol Johnson, Glorieta
Nature and wild places have influenced me all my life. My parents grew up in the country and taught me to respect and love the land and wildlife. My early years were spent in New York state and Connecticut, and summers on my grandparents dairy farm, exploring the fields, hills and wild streams. This instilled in me a forever love of nature.
It was natural to move West. In 1980 Jon and I purchased 2 horses and a small ranch in So. California bordering the Angeles National Forest. I enjoyed wonderful riding in the mountains, encountering mountain lions and rattlesnakes.
I have backpacked the north rim of the Grand Canyon numerous times, hiked many western forests and national parks, seen wolves in Yellowstone and ridden my horse in the Pecos Wilderness.
In 1996 we moved to New Mexico and live on 58 acres in Glorieta, adjacent to the Santa Fe National Forest, together with my 2 dogs, 2 quarterhorses. During the past 16 years I have sadly witnessed the destruction of my beloved forest and streams from development, motorized recreation and bad science. It is depressing to ride through the forest and see the tracks of ATVs instead of deer.
My relationship as a volunteer with NM Wild began in 2009, when we began working to further protect the Pecos Wilderness by adding adjacent Inventoried Roadless Acres. My involvement includes outreach to county commissions in 4 counties, city governments, businesses, pueblos, equestrian groups, environmental groups, and many other stakeholders. In fact, the title on my NM Wild volunteer business card is Wild Places Outreach Coordinator.
The background I will bring to the Board includes many years in magazine publishing as director of advertising operations. I am a Board member of the Upper Pecos Watershed Assn., and a member of the New Mexico OHV Advisory Board, representing hikers, equestrians and other quiet recreationists on public lands. As a community activist, I’ve worked extensively on the Santa Fe NF Travel Management Plan, fighting to limit motorized travel and protect the quiet forest.
I am dedicated to protecting our clean water, mountain watersheds, wildlife and magnificent wild lands. It would be a privilege to be a member of the NM Wild Board.
Todd Schulke, Silver City
Todd Schulke is a co-founder and senior staff for the Center for Biological Diversity. He has been involved forest/river protection and restoration in the Southwest for over 20 years.
He sits on the New Mexico Forest & Watershed Health Planning Committee, the Arizona Governor’s Forest Health Council, and the Western Governor’s Forest Health Advisory Committee. He also served on Senator Bingaman’s Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Advisory Panel, the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Federal Advisory Committee, and the Roadless Area Conservation National Advisory Committee.
He has been on the board of directors of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance since it’s inception and is also on the board of the Center for Biological Diversity, and Gila WoodNet, a community-based forestry group dedicated to ecologically sound forest restoration.
He lives with his 2 young sons on the edge of the Gila National Forest in southwestern New Mexico.
“I’m looking forward to helping the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance continue its invaluable work protecting New Mexico’s wildlands. In a world with a changing climate, growing population, and dwindling ecological awareness NM Wild’s work is more important that ever.”
Douglas Chinn, Albuquerque
Doug grew up in Southern Colorado, fishing, camping and climbing in the Sangre de Cristos. He recently retired from Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a doctorate in materials science and engineering. Doug has great experience in managing large scientific projects and working within organizations and has worked on wilderness issues in Utah for 15 years. He is completing his first term on NM Wild’s board of directors, and has been instrumental in organizing our Chama River trips and helping with other events.
Roberta Salazar-Henry, Las Cruces
Salazar-Henry is a lifelong New Mexico resident with family ties that go back to the 1600s. She currently resides in Las Cruces where she is active with many local organizations. Recently she served on the staff of the state Senate and previously worked many years with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF), including six years as assistant director. For NMDGF she was federal grant liaison with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and was responsible for about $15 million in grant projects.
Among her many commitments, she is an active member of the Wild Turkey Sportsmen Association, Southwest Consolidated Sportsmen, a member of Audubon and current vice-chair for the Southwest Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the Habitat Stamp Program.
She is very involved in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks initiative to establish a national monument in Dona Ana County. She notes that when she moved to Las Cruces 10 years ago she was very disappointed “to learn that much of the 10 million acres of federally managed public land in southwest New Mexico remains in limbo for permanent protection. In addition, most people coming to this area do not know of the many hidden treasures that exist in this desert landscape.”