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Taos News: Thanks to feds working to preserve wilderness areas

Published in the Taos News, May 6, 2016

An amendment added recently to a federal energy bill would create two wilderness areas within the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

Thank you, Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, for looking out for Northern New Mexico.

The Energy Police Modernization Act still needs to be reconciled with a House version before it can go to the president’s desk. But the amendment aims to preserve 21,420 acres as the Cerro del Yuta (Ute Mountain) and Rio San Antonio wilderness areas.

As Heinrich, who stopped by The Taos News this week, noted, Ute Mountain and the Rio Grande Gorge are two iconic sights within the monument.

Like Heinrich, we see the draw for tourists wanting to experience a high desert wilderness — and for locals who enjoy the great outdoors.

The areas are also a source of water and a refuge for wildlife.

The plan for the wilderness areas has had a great deal of buy-in from locals, just as they supported the creation of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in 2013. Many recognize the impact the monument would have on our quality of life via recreation and traditional land uses.

We only wish New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn felt the same way.

In a story published last week in our sister paper, The New Mexican, Dunn opposed the amendment’s passage because he says it would mean a loss of nearly 1,300 acres of state trust lands.

He noted money generated through mineral leases and timber sales on state trust lands go toward funding public schools, hospitals and beneficiaries.

Dunn released this statement: “With low oil prices already impacting revenues from State Trust Lands, the designation of these new wilderness areas will only add insult to injury and further reduce revenues in support of New Mexico’s school children.”

But that argument is a ruse. These wildernesses won’t lock people out of state land, nor will they affect any income generated by his office.

Instead of spouting rhetoric and bellyaching, Dunn should be working with the federal government to swap out islands of state land that are now inside the national monument. If Dunn were truly concerned about revenue, he’d find a way to consolidate these parcels, making them more valuable for grazing leases and other uses.

Wilderness is not always the answer. There are parts of Taos County where wilderness protections are not appropriate. And we caution wilderness advocates from pushing too hard in places where wilderness lacks support.

But in these two areas of northern Taos County, wilderness makes sense. We hope they make it into the final bill so these landscapes can be preserved in perpetuity.

Now that would be priceless.

http://www.taosnews.com/opinion/article_d4cf4ecc-12ff-11e6-b923-bb0ee5867095.html

 

 

6th International Mexican Wolf Stamp

2016 Limited Edition Mexican Wolf Conservation Stamp Released

Sixth annual commemorative stamp supports conservation and education efforts for the endangered Mexican gray wolf

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March 15, 2016, Albuquerque, N.M.—The 2016 Mexican Wolf Conservation stamp just released by the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance features artwork by Jacob Tarazoff.

With a passion for the wild and pursuit for adventure, Jacob is a 33 year old painter who works with a limited palette, primarily painting en plein aire (outside) and alla prima (wet into wet, one sitting).

“My current focus is on the idea of landscape, as a living memory. It is my aim to present an homage exalting the elemental natural processes that have shaped not only the earth, but also our own biological and sociocultural selves,” explained the artist.

The Mexican gray wolf is the most endangered wolf in the world, with a wild population of only 97 in the Southwest. All proceeds from sales of the wolf stamp directly benefit activities to support Mexican wolf conservation and education projects. This year’s stamp is the sixth in a limited-edition series.

“We are pleased to continue the program this year to support protection of our endangered Mexican wolf. We are grateful to the many talented artists and conservationists who submitted artwork for the stamp’s contest; they truly make this program possible,” said Tisha Broska, Associate Director of the Wilderness Alliance.

The 2016 Mexican Wolf Conservation Stamp is not a true postage stamp. The 4.5- by 5.5-inch full-color commemorative stamp is part of a series of framing-quality art prints offered to collectors.

The stamp is available for $20 at www.nmwild.org. To purchase a wolf stamp, go to Shop, where you will find the entire collection of stamps.

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The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is a non-profit 501(C)(3), grassroots, environmental organization dedicated to the protection, restoration, and continued enjoyment of New Mexico’s wildlands and Wilderness areas. The primary goal of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is to ensure the protection and restoration of all remaining wild lands in New Mexico through administrative designations, federal Wilderness designation, and on-going advocacy.

Protect the Pecos Photo Contest

Protect the Pecos Photo Contest

The contest is open May 1st through August 31st. The deadline is 5PM Mountain Time on Wednesday August 31st. Entries must be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Photographs must be in digital format, high resolution, at a minimum of 300 dpi, and without watermark. Only online entries will be eligible. No print or film submissions will be accepted for entry into the contest. All photographs must include GPS or photo locations coordinates and must be taken within the roadless areas surrounding the Pecos Wilderness (not in the existing Pecos Wilderness). This includes the Proposed Wilderness and Proposed Special Management Areas (SMA). See the brown and purple areas on the map of contest area.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

First, second, and third prizes will be awarded:

First Prize: $100 cash plus Wild Guide: Passport to New Mexico Wilderness

Second Prize: $50 cash plus Wild Guide: Passport to New Mexico Wilderness

Third Prize: Wild Guide: Passport to New Mexico Wilderness

In addition, winning photographs will be published Fall 2016 NMWild newsletter (available on newsstands October-February), and will be featured in social media and www.nmwild.org.

By entering the contest, you grant an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive license to New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and the Contest sponsors to reproduce, distribute, display, as well as create derivative works of the entries (along with a name credit) in connection with the contest and promotion of the contest, in any media, for no additional compensation, including, but not limited to: presentations; publication on websites; posters; in newsletters; and social media.

Please note: If you choose to include people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted.

Wild Guide: Passport to New Mexico Wilderness

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                        

CONTACT: Tisha Broska, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.        

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance releases comprehensive guide to the state’s wildlands

Albuquerque, N.M. — March 14, 2016 — Veteran and novice outdoor adventurers alike will find something to love in the latest publication from the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. Wild Guide: Passport to New Mexico Wilderness is an unrivaled resource for anyone interested in the Land of Enchantment’s special wild places.

Part hiking guide and part reference book, the Wild Guide offers a lifetime of inspiration for hikes, weekend camping trips, desert wanderings and backpack adventures. It also is packed full of history, color maps and stunning images from some of New Mexico’s best photographers.

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Executive Director Mark Allison said, “I hope that this guide will provide the inspiration to get outside with friends and family to discover the magnificent beauty of New Mexico’s wilderness for years to come.”

The Wild Guide is the only book that features each of the state’s designated wilderness areas and wilderness study areas as well as other public lands treasures such as the Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks national monuments.

The book replaces the Wilderness Alliance’s annual Wild Guide publication, a 2013 finalist for guidebooks and travel in the Southwest Book Design and Production Awards, and is an update of the out-of-print New Mexico Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide by noted Albuquerque author Bob Julyan.

Readers of Wild Guide: Passport to New Mexico Wilderness will find out where these special places are and unlock their secrets:

  • “These are do-it-yourself wildlands — there are no designated trails, but simply following an arroyo or a ridge is sure to lead to something interesting.”
  • “From the top (of this peak) in the wilderness, you can see mountains and mesas stretching for miles in all directions, every view untarnished by roads or other human intrusions.”
  • “This (area is) designated to protect caves containing fossil resources that offer a glimpse into animals found in New Mexico in the recent past.”
  • “This region has New Mexico’s greatest wilderness array, containing not only the state’s first and third largest wildernesses but also its greatest ecological diversity.”

The 255-page Wild Guide is priced at $19.95 and can be purchased online at www.nmwild.org and in stores across the state.

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit, grassroots organization dedicated to the protection, restoration and continued enjoyment of New Mexico’s wildlands and wilderness areas. An important part of the Wilderness Alliance’s work is connecting people to wild public lands such as those featured in the new book.

Purchase Wild Guide

 

Samples of the Wild Guide

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Available at the following local stores:

Albuquerque

Bookworks, La Montanita Co-op (3 locations in Albuquerque), BLM Public Lands Information Center (various visitor centers across the state)

Page One, UNM Bookstore, Sandia Tram Shop

Las Cruces

Southwest Environmental Center, Coas Bookstore

Santa Fe

Travel Bug, BLM Public Lands Information Center (various visitor centers across the state), Alpine Sports, Collected Works

Silver City

Javalina Coffee Shop, O'Keefe's Bookshop, Silver City Coop, Gila Hike & Bike, Morning Star Sports & Embroidery

Taos

Cid's Food Market, Op Cit Taos, Rio Grande Ace Hardware, Taos Fly Shop, Taos Ski Valley, Taos Book Gallery

Durango, CO

Maria's Bookshop

 

 

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