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Staff Return from historic Gila Backpack

Last week, on the 90th anniversary of the Gila Wilderness, our Executive Director Mark Allison and Gila Grassroots Organizer Nathan Newcomer emerged after 10 days and 50 miles of trekking across the Gila. As part of their journey, they read aloud the names of loved ones given to us by our members:

“At dusk on the third night of our trek through the Gila Wilderness, on the bank of the babbling Gila River, deep in the heart of the Wilderness, many miles from the nearest pavement and below towering rock spires where Wild Cow and Water Canyons intersect with the fast flowing waters, we read aloud the names of your loved ones you entrusted us to carry. We hope you felt the memories come home as you wrote your beautiful letter or penned each name to give to us in preparation for our 50-mile trek.

Please know that the names we spoke aloud punctuated our time in the Wilderness in a way that is not possible to adequately describe. We can only give back our gratitude to you for allowing us to be in your service in this important way.”

View photos of the trip

Looking for Hike Leaders

We are looking for hike leaders in the Albuquerque area. We would like individuals with a background in nature photography, music, journaling with children, nature writing, and nature painting/drawing. If this sounds like you, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss a future hike! Plus, scroll down to the bottom of this e-mail to check out our new, upcoming hikes this week in the Sandias.

National Wilderness Conference Registration Now Open

October 15-19, 2014 – Albuquerque

Be there. Check out the program and register now. Booths at the conference’s Wilderness Celebration Exhibition and the outdoor Get Wild Festival are still available. Complete the online exhibitor packet to reserve your space today.

Earth Matters

In this week’s installment, Earth Matters co-host Donna Stevens of the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance interviews Executive Director Mark Allison and Gila Grassroots Organizer Nathan Newcomer.

They discuss NM Wild’s mission, projects and goals, the significance and benefits of wilderness areas, and the criteria and process whereby wild landscapes obtain designation as wilderness areas and national monuments. Newcomer sets the record straight on the many misconceptions about activities prohibited and permitted in wilderness areas.

Listen now