October 23, 2014
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).
View photos from the conference.
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
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.
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.
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.