July 1, 2014
Forest Closures in Albuquerque area (map)
Starting Monday, fire closures were put in place for the Sandia and Mountainair ranger districts of the Cibola National Forest.
“The districts have been closely monitoring conditions, and based on their assessments and the National Weather Service predictions of ongoing severe drought, I feel it is necessary to close these districts to prevent human-caused wildfires and to protect public health and safety,” said Forest Supervisor Elaine Kohrman.
When closure orders are enacted, all areas of the districts are closed unless specifically listed as open. The Sandia Peak Tram and Albuquerque open-space trails, including those in the foothills and bosque, will remain open. So far, other forests in the state are not affected by closures. View a list of open and closed area, trails and roads here.
NM Wild would like to thank our Las Cruces area members for the great turnout at our member meeting Saturday. We had a great conversation about what is next now that the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks has been designated a national monument. To our other members across the state—stay tuned for a member gathering coming soon in your area, starting with Albuquerque (see information about the O’Niell’s event this August in the Upcoming Events section of this alert).
Attend the Wilderness 50th Conference
Why Wilderness is Truly American
As you prepare to celebrate America’s birthday over the weekend, we hope you’re able to spend some time outdoors in one of our nation’s wilderness areas. Designated wilderness is, in and of itself, a truly American concept. It’s no surprise that the world’s first designated wilderness—the Gila Wilderness—is right in our backyard. As Americans, we are so lucky to have so many wonderful places to enjoy (and fight for). In Spain, conservationists so long for the lost wild, that they are trying to recreate wilderness! This is part of a larger European movement to bring back stretches of wilderness that haven’t existed for centuries on the continent.
As we celebrate another Independence Day, let’s keep working together to protect America’s lands, wildlife and wilderness tradition from now into the future! And let’s keep these lands independent of development to keep them truly free!
NM Wild Staff Visit Washington for Great Outdoors America Week
Our Gila Grassroots Organizer Nathan Newcomer (far left) and Traditional Community Organizer John Olivas (far right) alongside our close friends from The Wilderness Society Mario Nuño-Whelan (left center) and Michael Casaus (right center), joined Senator Heinrich to talk wilderness during Great Outdoors America Week (June 23-26) in Washington, D.C. As one of the largest annual conservation and outdoor focused events in Washington D.C., GO Week raises awareness around outdoors issues. Our staff also met with other members of our congressional delegation during their visit.
NM Wild Staff Member Featured in High Country News
Our Traditional Community Organizer John Olivas was featured in the latest issue of High Country News for his work as a former county commission chair in Mora County.
Climb aboard with 100 percent of your previous support: NM Wild Offers Special Lifetime Membership Deal
Report Violations or Abuse in New Mexico’s Wilderness
Protecting New Mexico’s public land is a big job and we need your help! New Mexico Wilderness Alliance does its best to ensure that federal agencies are managing our public lands in accordance with the law and to let them know when there are problems on the ground. You can help us by being our eyes and ears. When you see violations or abuse in New Mexico’s designated wilderness areas and other protected places, please let us know so we can report it to the responsible agency.
Some common problems are:
ATVs or mountain bikes in designated wilderness areas
Illegal wood cutting
Cows in rivers and streams
To report a violation, visit: www.nmwild.org/take-action/report-a-violation
Board Election Results
By vote of the members, Bob Taffanelli and David Soules have been elected to new three-year terms on our board. Following the election outcome, the Board of Directors proceeded to appoint Nancy Morton and Joe Alcock to three-year terms. The board also appointed Claire Cote to a one-year term.
Open Letter to Wilderness
When we first met, I didn’t know how much I would come to love you, how much you would mean to me. I was quite young, with a lot yet to learn…
Independence Day Fire Tips: Have a fun and safe 4th of July!
Going camping this weekend? Here are some tips for extinguishing your campfire from www.smokeybear.com[http://www.smokeybear.com].
Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible. Pour lots of water on the fire to drown ALL embers, not just the red ones. Pour until hissing sound stops. Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel. Scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers. Stir and make sure everything is wet and cold to the touch. If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough dirt or sand with the embers. Continue adding and stirring until all material is cool.
Remember: Do NOT bury the fire as it will continue to smolder and could catch roots on fire that will eventually get to the surface and start a wildfire.More information about campfire safety can be found online at: www.smokeybear.com/campfire-safety.asp. Please also be aware of fire restrictions in your area.
NM Wild #1 Among Environmental Groups in Give Grande 2014
On May 5, 2014, NM Wild was one of 409 New Mexico organizations participating in Give Grande, a national day of giving. Every non-profit received a donation, and thanks to our members, not only did we raise nearly $7,000, but we also came out first among all environmental groups participating in New Mexico. Thank you so much for your continued support of the work we do!
Book Reading: Outdoors in the Southwest
July 5, 2014 3 p.m
Booksworks in Albuquerque
NM Wild is proud to partner with Bookworks and Professor Andrew Gulliford for a reading of his new book, Outdoors in the Southwest, An Adventure Anthology. Meet NM Wild staff and other southwest outdoor enthusiasts, and take the opportunity to meet one of the region’s most trusted environmental historians.
More college students than ever are majoring in outdoor recreation, outdoor education, or adventure education, but fewer and fewer Americans spend any time in thoughtful, respectful engagement with wilderness. While many young people may think of adrenaline-laced extreme sports as prime outdoor activities, with Outdoors in the Southwest, Gulliford seeks to promote appreciation for and discussion of the wild landscapes where those sports are played.
Gulliford is professor of history and environmental studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. He is the author of Preserving Western History, Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions, Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale, and America’s Country Schools.
July 8 & 9
Carlsbad & Artesia
Tuesday, July 8 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
National Cave and Karst Research Institute
400-1 Cascades Ave, Carlsbad, NM 88220
Wednesday, July 9 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Central Valley Electric Cooperative
403 N. 13th Street Artesia, NM 88211
Rio Grande Valley Broad Band Potluck, Invasive Plants Seminar
July 9, 2014,
Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, Albuquerque
Join the Great Old Broads for a potluck and invasive plants seminar with Don Heinze. Please bring something to share.
Columbine Canyon Hike
July 12, 2014
Northern New Mexico
DESCRIPTION: Come join the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance on a hike in the Columbine Hondo Wilderness Study Area (WSA). Local groups and the conservation community are currently working to convert the Columbine Hondo WSA into true wilderness. Legislation has been introduced, and supporters are needed to keep the federal delegation informed about the importance of this landscape and its protection. The hike will begin at the Columbine Campground in the Carson National Forest and take us up Columbine Canyon. Elevation change will be from 7,800 feet to approximately 8,800 feet. Bring your walking shoes and plenty of water and join us for this fabulous outing.
Learn more and sign up here.
Bear Trap Canyon Full Moon Campout
July 18-20, 2014
Southwest New Mexico
DESCRIPTION: The San Mateo Mountains are one of the most remote landscapes that can be explored in the Cibola National Forest. Absence of any significant human development within or near the range has helped to keep the mountains remote and natural. In particular, the scenery found throughout Bear Trap Canyon is exceptional, with numerous open canyons to explore, high ridgelines that offer dramatic views and an abundance of opportunities to be alone and experience wildness. This region is also rich in wildlife, with mule deer, elk, turkey, black bear, and mountain lions all active in the region. We will basecamp at Bear Trap Canyon Campground and spend our days exploring Panther Canyon and Chimney Canyon.
Learn more and sign up here.
Columbine Hondo Llama Trek
August 2, 2014
Northern New Mexico
DESCRIPTION: Wild Earth Llama Adventures is partnering with the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance on a llama trip into the Columbine Hondo Wilderness Study Area, Columbine Hondo Canyon. Legislation has been introduced by the New Mexico federal delegation to protect the Columbine Hondo as true wilderness. The Take a Llama to Lunch! wilderness day hike is a great way to experience the unspoiled wilderness near Taos. This signature llama trek offers a taste of the wilderness for those who would like to spend a very special day hiking and exploring in the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains with experienced guides and wooly hiking companions. On the trail, our gentle, sure-footed llamas will carry your gear while experienced naturalist guides share their knowledge of southern Rocky Mountain ecology: native flora and fauna, edible and medicinal plants, natural and regional history, and wilderness living skills. After an inspiring hike at your own pace, you will enjoy a sumptuous feast prepared by the guides in a pristine wilderness setting with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Southwest. Our llamas pack in all the fresh ingredients to make a magnificent gourmet lunch complete with fresh fruits and garden salads, hearty sandwiches on fresh baked breads, natural sodas and delicious desserts to tempt your sweet tooth.
Learn more and sign up here
NM Wild Night Out at O’Niell’s
August 9, 2014
On Saturday, August 9, NM Wild will serve as guest bartenders at O’Niell’s in Nob Hill Albuquerque. Please put it in your calendars!
We will be sending out invitations to our Albuquerque-area members the week of the event. Please look for these in the mail! Important: Please bring the invite to the event and O’Niell’s will give $3 to NM Wild. There will also be complementary hors d’ouervres.
North Sandia Peak Hike
August 23, 2014
We’ll do the hike to North Sandia Peak with field biologist Nathan Peterson. It is a fairly easy 3.6 mile round-trip from the crest. There is a $3 parking fee at the crest, however, federal passes are honored. During the hike, we will discuss some of the mammals found in the Sandia Mountains. Great hike to escape the summer heat!
Sign up here