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Senator Heinrich Gives Impassioned Speech During Wilderness Week in D.C.

Senator Martin Heinrich on Wednesday gave an impassioned speech on the Senate floor about the Wilderness Act’s and Land and Water Conservation Fund’s (LWCF) 50th anniversaries. His speech was made in conjunction with similar speeches from Senator Ron Wyden (Oregon) and Senator Mark Udall (Colorado). We are grateful to have such passionate champions for our public lands representing us in the U.S. Senate.

“Wilderness is in my blood, and I make no apologies for believing that some places are so very special that we will never improve upon them.” —Senator Martin Heinrich

Watch video here.

NM Wild would like to give a heartfelt thanks to Senator Heinrich for being a champion for New Mexico wilderness and public lands

What is Wilderness Week?

Wilderness Week took place in Washington, D.C., September 15-17 and included: an activist gathering to honor our history and discuss the next 50 years of wilderness protection; meetings with congressional leaders; a celebration event and after-hours tour of the Wilderness Forever photography exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National History Museum; a lecture by leading American environmental historian William Cronon; and much more.


This week, our Executive Director Mark Allison joined others in the wilderness community for Wilderness Week in Washington D.C. Mark met with the New Mexico congressional delegation to discuss conservation efforts in New Mexico and attended a summit of conservation leaders recognizing New Mexico’s important role in wilderness history and the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.


Gila River Festival

September 18-21, 2014
In and around Silver City
Sponsored by NM Wild with keynote speech from Dave Foreman and sessions with NM Wild Executive Director Mark Allison and Gila Grassroots Organizer Nathan Newcomer. Learn more.


Personal Wilderness Challenge

Tina’s visiting all of New Mexico’s wilderness areas in one year in her spare time

Our communications coordinator only has 8 more wilderness areas to visit in New Mexico before December 31 at midnight to complete her personal challenge to visit every one in 2014! With a start date of July 1, she has visited 19 of New Mexico’s wilderness areas to date!

Latest blog posts:

Why is it called Onion Wilderness? (Cebolla Wilderness)

I’m not lost. I’m just not where I’m supposed to be. (Cruces Basin Wilderness)

Hoodoos and Gunsmoke (Ojito Wilderness)


Don’t forget to register!

National Wilderness Conference – Albuquerque, October 15-19, 2014

There is still time to register for the early-bird price for the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act National Wilderness Conference in Albuquerque this fall.

Register here.


10 Reasons The Wilderness Act Was One Of The Best Ideas Ever

Huffington Post – The Wilderness Act turrned 50 this month, marking the anniversary of the preservation of some of our most treasured national lands. Passed in 1964, the Wilderness Act established the National Wilderness Preservation System and created the first official wilderness areas. To celebrate our nation’s wilderness areas, here are 10 reasons why we need wilderness. Read more


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