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  • Check out this week’s Wilderness Weekly eNews.

  • Staff Converges in the Gila

    The NM Wild staff had a wonderful retreat last week at the Trail End Ranch in the Gila. This was not only a great time for staff from across the state to converge and bond, but a time for us to look strategically toward the future of our campaigns. We spent some time hiking to a local Mimbres tradition site, dipping in the Gila River, and catching up with our coworkers from Silver City, Albuquerque, Mora, Santa Fe and Las Cruces. Most importantly, we came back with renewed excitement and vigor for working to protect New Mexico’s wild lands!

    View more photos of our retreat.

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    Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the Give Grande campaign last Tuesday. With your help, we raised nearly $7,000 for wilderness in New Mexico. Congratulations to everyone who made this statewide day of giving a success!

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    The Gila’s Heart – Reminder to turn in memorial forms

    In celebration of the Gila’s 90th birthday this June, our executive director and Gila grassroots organizer are embarking on a 50 mile, rugged Gila River trek. They will speak the names of loved ones in the heart of the Gila, but we need your information by next Thursday, May 22! Access the form here.

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    Meetings for the Cibola National Forest – Your attendance needed

    The Cibola National Forest has just released its initial assessment for its Forest Plan Revision. Please consider attending one of the public meetings being held by the Forest Service to talk about the Cibola and the agency’s plans for its future.

    Here is a schedule of the public meetings to talk about the Cibola’s Forest Plan Revision.

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    Float the river with us

    Earlier this month, we had a great urban float down the Rio Grande. We learned all about the urban reach between Bernalillo and Albuquerque as well as the flawed Gila Diversion proposal. Thank you to Steve Harris (Far Flung Adventures), Michael Hayes (Quiet Waters), and board member Todd Schulke. View more pictures of the trip here[https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.211218908914866.44922.206360852734005&type=3]. If you missed this trip and would like to join us for another adventure, we have two great trips coming up!

    Rio Grande del Norte Rafting ($95)

    May 31

    Los Rios River Runners is partnering with the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance for a river raft trip through the recently designated Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Spend a full day on the river in the spectacular Rio Grande Gorge with walls rising to 1,500 feet. We will spend the morning in the gentle Orilla Verde section, flanked by green meadows. It’s mellow and peaceful, the perfect introduction to the gorgeous Rio Grande Gorge.

    Learn more and sign up here.

    Rio Chama Rafting (Reduced rate! $550 for members, $650 for non-members)

    June 7-9

    Experience three days and two nights floating down America’s wild and scenic Rio Chama with experts, scientists and philosophers from the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (NM Wild). The 25-mile long Rio Chama begins in alpine woodlands as a clear, rushing trout stream and ends at the head of Abiquiu Reservoir as a silty, desert river, rolling among rainbow cliffs typical of the Four Corners region. Lovely, wooded campsites and lively, but easy rapids make the Chama one of the best family river outings anywhere. Gourmet food and beverages will be provided.

    Learn more and sign up here.

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    Wilderness Monitoring Contractor – Position Available in Albuquerque!

    The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, the state’s largest homegrown grassroots membership advocacy organization dedicated exclusively to protecting and expanding wilderness in New Mexico, is seeking a qualified individual as a part-time, temporary contractor to train, coordinate and lead volunteers for our Wilderness Stewardship Challenge and National Forest Inventory projects in the Sandia Mountain Wilderness.

    The project will monitor, inventory and document invasive cheatgrass and other characteristics of forest health. Experience with GIS and GPS programming highly desired. Twelve-week assignment with possible extension, competitive compensation, flexible hours. Email resumes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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    Invasive Plant Seminar

    Our friend and volunteer Don Heinze will give an invasive plant seminar on Saturday, May 24, from 9-11 a.m. in the NM Wild office (142 Truman St. NE, Ste. B1 in Albuquerque). It is free.

    Learn more about Don and his work here.

    Interested in helping with the removal of invasive plants in the Sandias? E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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    Naturescapes Photo Competition and Online Gallery Opportunity

    The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is pleased to announce two photography related projects:
    1. Photography competition (Naturescapes photo salon – More information here)
    2. An online gallery of photographs (Naturescapes online – More information here)
    Both projects share the theme of “Wilderness in New Mexico.”

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    Upcoming events

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    Rio Chama Rafting
    Premium Trip!

    June 7-9, 2014

    Experience three days and two nights floating down America’s wild and scenic Rio Chama with experts, scientists and philosophers from the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (NM Wild). The 25-mile long Rio Chama begins in alpine woodlands as a clear, rushing trout stream and ends at the head of Abiquiu Reservoir as a silty, desert river, rolling among rainbow cliffs typical of the Four Corners region. Lovely, wooded campsites and lively, but easy rapids make the Chama one of the best family river outings anywhere.

    Sign up

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    Hawks Aloft 20th Anniversary

    Friday, May 16
    6-10 p.m.
    Natural History Museum in Albuquerque

    Hawks Aloft Night at the Museum includes:
    Planetarium Show Live Music Food Cash Bar Live Birds Silent Auction More
    Tickets are $35. Get your tickets now by calling 828-9455 or order online at www.hawksaloft.org.

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    Gila Wild – A Celebration of the 90th Anniversary of the Gila Wilderness and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

    Saturday, May 24, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Silver City Museum

    The Silver City Museum in cooperation with the Gila National Forest present this new exhibit opening on Saturday, May 24, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Silver City Museum is located at 312 W. Broadway in Silver City. “The West of which I speak is but another name for the Wild, and what I have been preparing to say is, that in Wildness is the preservation of the World.” Henry David Thoreau. The people of Silver City and Southwest New Mexico played an important role in both the establishment and preservation of the Gila Wilderness in 1924 and in the passage and signing of the Wilderness Act by President Johnson in 1964. This year, the nation is celebrating both of these important events.

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    Rio Grande del Norte Rafting

    May 31, 2014

    Los Rios River Runners is partnering with the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance for a river raft trip through the recently designated Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Spend a full day on the river in the spectacular Rio Grande Gorge with walls rising to 1,500 feet. We will spend the morning in the gentle Orilla Verde section, flanked by green meadows. It’s mellow and peaceful, the perfect introduction to the gorgeous Rio Grande Gorge. After a riverside lunch, we head into the rollercoaster Class III rapids of the Racecourse. This will be an excellent trip for those who want to experience the thrill of whitewater, but ease gradually into it. After a morning getting comfortable with the paddle in your hand, you’ll feel ready to tackle the Narrows, Eye of the Needle, Sleeping Beauty and the finishing thrill of Souse Hole. This trip is not recommended for children 12 and under during high water conditions.

    Sign up

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    Yellowstone Wildlife Watch 2015

    February 22-26, 2015

    Join the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance’s Executive Director Mark Allison and special guest David Parsons for three days and four nights in the stunning setting of Yellowstone National Park for our most unique wilderness and wildlife watching experience.
    Learn more here.

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  • Columbine Hondo wilderness bill advances through Senate committee, plus opportunities to take action for the Gila River and Cibola National Forest in this week’s Wilderness Weekly. Read now.

  • View this week’s Wilderness Weekly, with updates on the Gila River diversion proposal and more.

  • National Wilderness Conference Wraps Up

    The National Wilderness Conference concluded in Albuquerque on Sunday. Around 1,200 wilderness professionals and enthusiasts from around the nation—and the globe—convened at last week’s conference to “remember our past and rededicate ourselves to the future…a future with wilderness.”

    New Mexico was selected in large part because of our significant and outsized influence in the birth and evolution of the wilderness protection movement. This legacy includes people like:
    Edgar Lee Hewitt, who authored what became known as the Antiquities Act. Aldo Leopold, whose vision and efforts led to the creation of the world’s first protected wilderness, the Gila. Senator Clinton P. Anderson who was the floor manager of the Wilderness Act and about whom it has been said that, “without him there wouldn’t be a Wilderness Act.” Private citizens like Ed Abbey, who penned some of his works while living in Albuquerque.

    Author and historian Douglas Brinkley remarked in his keynote that, “New Mexico is now the headquarters of  wilderness protection,” in recognition of our federal delegation’s leadership on the issue as well our two most recent victories and our “national model” monument campaigns.

    The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance was honored to be a local co-host, and pleased with our staff participation in this successful conference. We also hosted a sold-out showing of Wrenched at the KiMo Theater on Friday, with panelists and wilderness legends Dave Foreman, Terry Tempest Williams, Jack Loeffler, Kim Crumbo, Bart Koehler and Director ML Lincoln.

    (Photo: Seymour Antelope, mascot of the Bureau of Land Management, says “Wilderness is Wildlife” at the Get Wild Festival).

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    View photos from the conference. 

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    In the News

    OMDP: Bombs, Bulls-eyes and a New National Monument

    RGDN: Leaving No Trace in New Mexico

    Wilderness Conference Address from President Jimmy Carter

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    2015 Wilderness Calendar

    Available now at www.nmwild.org

    The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance just released its 2015 New Mexico wilderness calendar. Our calendar is the perfect gift for that New Mexico wilderness enthusiast in your life. Featuring photos from these areas: Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, Dome Wilderness, Otero Mesa, Gila Wilderness and many more.

    Order online here.

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    Wilderness 50 Challenge

    Visiting all of NM’s wilderness areas in 2014

    Tina only has 6 more wilderness areas to visit in New Mexico before December 31 to complete her personal challenge to visit every one in 2014!

    This week, read about the Bisti/De-Na-Zin wilderness areas: “It felt as if we were in an easily navigable maze that could only be found in a storybook. I took note of specific hoodoo shapes and named some of the larger ones in an effort to help us with our navigation on the way back if needed…” Read more.

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    Fall Newsletter Available

    The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance’s fall 2014 newsletter is finished and in the mailboxes for our members. This issue features an interview with U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, a story about our staff’s recent trek through the Gila Wilderness, beautiful pictures from our trips and outings, articles from Dave Foreman and Ken Brower, and much more. Read it now.

  • NM Wild to Award Youth Scholarships to National Wilderness Conference

    New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is committed to leadership development for wilderness advocacy and to ensuring wilderness remains accessible to everyone. As such, NM Wild is awarding scholarships to the Wilderness 50th National Conference to youth who demonstrate leadership or are working towards a leadership role in wilderness education efforts, advocacy and community awareness.

    Scholarships will cover conference registration only. The scholarships provide local New Mexico youth who would otherwise be unable to attend an opportunity to go to the conference. The number and amount of scholarships will be based on available funding.

    The National Wilderness Conference will be a historic four-day event of diverse programs including presentations, panels, exhibits, field trips, skill-development workshops, and opportunities for fellowship and to share information about recent advances and emerging issues in wilderness stewardship.

    Scholarships are open to youth 18-25 years old. Learn more and apply.

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    Last Chance to Register for Early Bird Prices

    To avoid paying an increased registration fee, be sure to register for the National Wilderness Conference by July 31. An extension will be offered for agency employees awaiting travel authorization. The conference will be held October 15-19, 2014, in Albuquerque and is the first national gathering of the wilderness community in 25 years.

    Not convinced you should attend? Check out this promo video

    Conference field trips? Yeah, we got those.

    The National Wilderness Conference includes over 20 exciting field trips to New Mexico wilderness areas and cultural sites.

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    Visiting all of New Mexico’s wilderness areas for the 50th

    From the Gila to the Sandias, the Chama to Sabinoso, New Mexico has an abundance of wilderness areas worth visiting.

    Our Communications Coordinator Tina Deines is aiming to visit all 25 (well, 27…but we’ll talk about that) of New Mexico’s wilderness areas by the end of the year in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. A blog about her experiences and challenges, along with photos can be found at wilderness50challenge.wordpress.com

    This week’s post: San Pedro Parks Wilderness

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    Airport Display

    With the National Wilderness Conference coming in October, the local planning committee has put together a display at the Albuquerque Sunport.

    This display features wilderness past, present and future and will be running until early October.

    There is still time to sign up for early bird registration here.

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    Extended Deadline for Wilderness 50 Volunteers

    Get free or reduced registration!

    There are still volunteer positions available for the National Wilderness Conference this October. Volunteers will receive a free or discounted registration based on the number of hours they volunteer. This is a great way to meet important thinkers in the wilderness field while attending this historic conference.

    If you would like to volunteer for the conference or would like more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.

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    My Turn: Honoring a 50-year legacy of wild places

    In 1964, 50 years ago this fall, Americans made a big commitment to the preservation of their public lands by enacting the Wilderness Act. This landmark legislation gave Americans a tool to protect the country’s last best wild places for generations to come, free from development and open for all people to enjoy. As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act in 2014, we are recommitting ourselves to fulfilling our responsibility to care for America’s magnificent public lands.

    The story of public lands, and specifically the story of the Wilderness Act, is not just a story of spectacular places but also a story of people and the follow-through on a promise. From visionaries like Aldo Leopold and Bob Marshall came protection for places like the Wheeler Peak Wilderness in New Mexico and Linville Gorge Wilderness in North Carolina. With the passage of the Wilderness Act came the promise to protect these special places as landscapes to find solace, unconfined recreation, and connection to our natural heritage.

    Read more

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    Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks: Engaging Latinos, Youth

    For centuries, the ragged peaks of the Organs Mountains witnessed the flow of settlers traveling from Mexico to Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos on the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro. In the Broad Canyon there is an abundance of petroglyphs, testament of ancestral native cultures. And in the Robledo Mountains dinosaur foots prints were petrified millions of years ago. These natural treasures have been protected in large part due to the activism of Latino leaders.

    The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument is also getting Latino youth interested in their history and culture and encouraging them to stay in school.

    “I lead these kids into the monument to help me compile its cultural inventory,” says NM Wild staffer Angel Peña. “We hike around the lands looking for remnants of Hispanics coming through in the 1580s, we have found evidence of the Camino Real, as well as numerous petroglyphs and other archeological resources.”

    Read more

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    The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance was happy to join the Albuquerque Wildlife Federation on Saturday at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in celebration of their 100th anniversary!

    If you are interested in attending events such as this to talk to potential members about the importance of wilderness and our campaigns, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Learn more about volunteering here. 

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    Upcoming events

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    Thinking Wilderness

    20 Images x 20 seconds + Many Stories

    July 26, 2014 at 7 p.m.

    OCHO Art & Event Space, Questa

    An evening of concise audio-visual presentations, storytelling and creativity following the “PechaKucha” format. Each presenter is given 6 minutes, 40 seconds (20 images, 20 seconds each image) to tell his or her story reflecting the “Thinking Wilderness” theme. Learn more here.

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    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

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    Thinking Wilderness: The Art Show

    Calling All Artists – August 2-17, 2014
    OCHO Art & Event Space,Questa

    Reception: August 9, 2014, from 5-8 p.m.

    All local and regional visual artists are encouraged to enter 2 and 3 dimensional artworks for this open exhibition taking place August 2-7, at OCHO Art & Event Space in Questa. Artworks must reflect the wilderness theme and be 150 square inches or less (not including frame, pedestal or display case for jewelry). Exhibition details and downloadable application HERE. Questions? Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 575-586-2362.

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    NM Wild Night Out at O’Niell’s

    August 9, 2014 from 5-8 p.m.

    Albuquerque

    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!

    IMPORTANT: Please print out your event ticket  and bring to the event and O’Niell’s will give $3 to NM Wild. There will also be complementary hors d’ouervres.

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    Gila Wilderness Inventory Workshop

    August 9-10, 2014

    DESCRIPTION: This year marks the 90th anniversary of America’s first wilderness—the Gila. In honor of this momentous occasion, we are hosting a series of workshops to train citizens on how to conduct wilderness inventories in the Gila National Forest, as well as how to conduct citizen monitoring in wilderness areas. Among other things, participants will:
    Learn how to operate GPS software and use it to collect data Learn how to perform a wilderness inventory and evaluation Learn how to identify signs of wildlife Learn how to monitor human impacts in wilderness Gain a greater understanding of Forest Service directives and regulations
    As a part of the workshop, participants will be provided with a detailed handbook in advance and will spend a full day conducting fieldwork in the Gila National Forest in order to gain a better understanding of the training.

    Learn more and sign up here

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    Save the Date to Save the Lobo!
    Your voice needed at public hearing

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014
    Civic/Convention Center
    400 W 4th Ave, Truth or Consequences
    Refreshments start at 2 p.m. | Public hearing from 6-9 p.m.

    Sixteen years after they were reintroduced, only 83 Mexican gray wolves remain in the wild. The wild lobos are struggling for their survival. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has proposed changes to Mexican wolf management—two good changes and many more that will worsen the lobo’s already-tenuous plight. The USFWS will hold public hearings on its proposal. You and other supporters of the Mexican wolf are all that will stand between extinction and survival for these critically endangered, beautiful, intelligent animals. Please speak up for the lobo at a hearing in August. We will have activities and refreshments for wolf supporters at both locations starting by 2 p.m.–check back at www.mexicanwolves.org for updates as the date gets closer! A critical mass of supporters at these hearings can turn the tide for the Mexican gray wolf. Please save the date and spread the word! For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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    Pecos Roadless Area Inventory

    August 15-17, 2014
    Northern New Mexico

    DESCRIPTION: Arrive Friday for dinner and camp two nights at Agua Piedra Campground on N.M. 518 in Tres Ritos. On Saturday, take an easy hike 2 miles up Agua Piedra Creek through the proposed Special Management Area to the boundary of the northern Santa Barbara Roadless area. Hikers may continue on a strenuous hike (an additional 7.5 miles with 2,000-plus foot elevation gain) through the roadless area ending at Santa Barbara Campground. A shuttle will be provided from Santa Barbara campground back to Agua Piedra.

    Learn more and sign up here.

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    Wildlife in the Early Hours

    August 19, 2014
    Las Cruces Area

    DESCRIPTION: Wildlife is always most active in the early hours. Can you get up early enough to see them? Join area experts to learn more about animals like mule deer, javelina and elusive desert pronghorn antelope—and hopefully see some of them in their beautiful native habitats! We will hike into the Sierra de Las Uvas grasslands.

    Learn more and sign up here.

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    North Sandia Peak Hike

    August 23, 2014
    Sandia Crest

    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—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

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    Monsoon Wildflower Explosion

    August 23, 2014
    Las Cruces Area

    DESCRIPTION: Late summer monsoons bring a desert and grassland flower bonanza with them. We’ll travel to some of the most beautiful stands that are hidden away in the Sierra de Las Uvas grasslands. These verdant landscapes are some of the most important bird, animal and plant habitats anywhere in southern New Mexico, and you’ll be our guest as we see them in what is hopefully full bloom!

    Learn more and sign up here.

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    Gila Wolf Backpack

    August 29-September 1, 2014

    DESCRIPTION: A four-day, three-night luxury backpack trip looking for wild Mexican wolves in the Gila Wilderness. Our expert guide, Dave Parsons, led the wolf reintroduction project for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the 90s. No one knows more about Mexican wolves or has done more for them than Parsons. This is a truly unique opportunity to spend time with a wilderness hero in a place he knows and loves like no other. We will be looking for wolves and other wildlife while enjoying the natural beauty of one of the most spectacular wild places in the lower 48 states. Zack Crockett with Gila Backcountry Services will be providing pack mules to haul most of our gear in, and he will also be providing all of our meals.

    Learn more and sign up here.

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    Wilderness Day at Isotopes Park
    Celebrate Wilderness with Us!

    Monday, September 1, 2014
    1:35 p.m. at Albuquerque Isotopes Park
    Come out with family and friends to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and watch the Albuquerque Isotopes play the Las Vegas 51′s.

    Let’s see how many wilderness supporters we can get in the crowd!

    Learn how to get a discounted $8 ticket to the game here!

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    Thinking Wilderness Online Residency

    September 3, 2014

    First Wilderness Thinker in Residence featured here on the Thinking Wilderness website and other venues TBA. Chosen featured thinkers will also be announced with the launch of the project.

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    NeoRio 2014

    Thinking Wilderness

    September 6, 2014
    Wild Rivers, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

    Launching the “Wilderness Thinkers in Residence Project”

    NeoRio will be marking the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act in its own way, with the launch of the “Wilderness Thinkers in Residence” project, featuring the first Thinker in Residence as the NeoRio Featured Artist. Join us for the NeoRio featured artist lecture, hands-on experience of artwork & evening celebration on the gorge on September 6. More information about the annual NeoRio event can be found at www.leapsite.org.

  • Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks SupportMikeGroves attribution Organs 250x100

    The opposition is rallying against our Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument proposal. They are leaving negative comments on Sen. Heinrich’s Facebook page and calling Washington. We need your help to show Washington that there is still strong community support for the national monument and that the opposition does not represent the community as a whole. Please take a moment to take action in two ways:

    1. Visit Sen. Martin Heinrich’s Facebook page here and leave positive comments about why you support the national monument. We’re also trying to get as many likes as possible on this post.
    2. Call the offices of Sens. Heinrich and Udall to let them hear your voice concerning the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.
    Senator Martin Heinrich: 202-224-5521 (DC), 505-346-6601 (ABQ), 575-523-6561 (LC)
    Senator Tom Udall: 202-224-6621 (DC), 505-346-6791 (ABQ), 575-526-5475 (LC)

    Thank you for all you do. Together we have the power to make the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks a reality.

    Join us for a public meeting

    Please join us for a meeting with members of the BLM’s Farmington Field Office to discuss their upcoming Resource Management Plan Amendment, which will consider oil and gas development in the Mancos Shale formation surrounding Chaco, and which will complete an inventory of Lands with Wilderness Characteristics.

    The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 6, from 6-7:30 p.m., at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History in Albuquerque (1801 Mountain Road NW).

    We will hold a brief comment writing workshop at 5:15 p.m. in the museum to discuss background information about the plan amendment, and to review some sample comments. Pizza will be provided!

  • Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks SupportMikeGroves attribution Organs 250x100

    The opposition is rallying against our Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument proposal. They are leaving negative comments on Sen. Heinrich’s Facebook page and calling Washington. We need your help to show Washington that there is still strong community support for the national monument and that the opposition does not represent the community as a whole. Please take a moment to take action in two ways:

    1. Visit Sen. Martin Heinrich’s Facebook page here and leave positive comments about why you support the national monument. We’re also trying to get as many likes as possible on this post.
    2. Call the offices of Sens. Heinrich and Udall to let them hear your voice concerning the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.
    Senator Martin Heinrich: 202-224-5521 (DC), 505-346-6601 (ABQ), 575-523-6561 (LC)
    Senator Tom Udall: 202-224-6621 (DC), 505-346-6791 (ABQ), 575-526-5475 (LC)

    Thank you for all you do. Together we have the power to make the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks a reality.

    Join us for a public meeting

    Please join us for a meeting with members of the BLM’s Farmington Field Office to discuss their upcoming Resource Management Plan Amendment, which will consider oil and gas development in the Mancos Shale formation surrounding Chaco, and which will complete an inventory of Lands with Wilderness Characteristics.

    The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 6, from 6-7:30 p.m., at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History in Albuquerque (1801 Mountain Road NW).

    We will hold a brief comment writing workshop at 5:15 p.m. in the museum to discuss background information about the plan amendment, and to review some sample comments. Pizza will be provided!

  • Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks SupportMikeGroves attribution Organs 250x100

    The opposition is rallying against our Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument proposal. They are leaving negative comments on Sen. Heinrich’s Facebook page and calling Washington. We need your help to show Washington that there is still strong community support for the national monument and that the opposition does not represent the community as a whole. Please take a moment to take action in two ways:

    1. Visit Sen. Martin Heinrich’s Facebook page here and leave positive comments about why you support the national monument. We’re also trying to get as many likes as possible on this post.
    2. Call the offices of Sens. Heinrich and Udall to let them hear your voice concerning the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.
    Senator Martin Heinrich: 202-224-5521 (DC), 505-346-6601 (ABQ), 575-523-6561 (LC)
    Senator Tom Udall: 202-224-6621 (DC), 505-346-6791 (ABQ), 575-526-5475 (LC)

    Thank you for all you do. Together we have the power to make the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks a reality.

    Join us for a public meeting

    Please join us for a meeting with members of the BLM’s Farmington Field Office to discuss their upcoming Resource Management Plan Amendment, which will consider oil and gas development in the Mancos Shale formation surrounding Chaco, and which will complete an inventory of Lands with Wilderness Characteristics.

    The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 6, from 6-7:30 p.m., at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History in Albuquerque (1801 Mountain Road NW).

    We will hold a brief comment writing workshop at 5:15 p.m. in the museum to discuss background information about the plan amendment, and to review some sample comments. Pizza will be provided!

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