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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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