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Candidate Forum: State Land Commissioner

Candidate Forum: State Land Commissioner

New Mexico Wild, New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Dona Ana County Associated Sportsmen, Southwest Environmental Center, and the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club are hosting a non-partisan political forum for the five candidates running for New Mexico State Land Commissioner:

Patrick Lyons, George Munoz, Stephanie Garcia Richard, Michael Lucero, Garrett VeneKlasen. 

This forum is open to the public and will be a question and answer session.
Questions will be asked by various conservation and sportsmen groups.
If you would like New Mexico Wild to ask a question, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

March 1, 2018
6:30 pm
New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
4100 Drippings Springs Rd
Las Cruces, NM 88011

2018 Forest Plan Revision Open House Dates

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will host Open Houses to give the public the opportunity to talk with Forest Service specialists about the Forest Plan under revision. 

There is no presentation or agenda for the Open Houses. They are instead an informal opportunity for you to ask questions and for us to share information about the revision of the Forest Plan, the comprehensive document that will guide management of all forest resources for 10 to 15 years.

This is a chance to share the progress made since the public meetings on Forest Plan Alternatives and Management Areas in March 2017. In previous Open Houses, table topics focused on resource areas, but the upcoming Open Houses will focus on planning topics including Alternatives, Geographic Areas, Management Areas, Monitoring, Wilderness, and Wild and Scenic Rivers. Forest Plan and District specialists will be available to answer questions on resource areas or Forest Planning more generally. Below is the Open House schedule for 2018:

  • Monday, February 26 (1:30pm-4:00pm) – Walatowa Visitor Center, 7413 NM-4, Jemez Pueblo, NM  87024
  • Tuesday, March 20 (1:30pm-4:00pm) – Santa Fe National Forest, 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM  87508
  • Monday, March 26 (1:30pm-4:00pm) – Sandoval County Fairgrounds, 37 Rodeo Rd, Cuba, NM 87013
  • Monday, April 16 (10:00am-12:00pm) – Mesa Public Library, Rooms 2 & 3, 3rd Floor, 2400 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM 87544
  • Monday, April 16 (1:30pm-4:00pm) – Española Library, Conference Room, 313 N Paseo De Onate, Española, NM 87532
  • Monday, May 14 (9:00am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-4:00pm) Extended Open House May 14th for you to have more time and more in-depth discussions about Plan Revision topics
    • Santa Fe National Forest, 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM  87508
  • Tuesday, May 15 (1:30pm-4:00pm) – Coyote Ranger District, State Hwy 96, Drive 1707, Coyote, NM  87012
  • Wednesday, June 20 (1:30pm-4:00pm) Tentatively
    • Pecos High Sch, School Board Rm, 28 Panther Pkwy, Hwy 63 N Pecos, NM 87552
  • Thursday, July 19 (1:30pm-4:00pm) – Santa Fe NF, 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM  87508

Below is the format for all of our Open Houses:

  • There will not be a presentation or an agenda at the Open Houses. It is a casual opportunity to engage with Forest Service specialists about Forest Plan Revision.
  • You can arrive any time, stay for as little or long as you like, and can circulate among Forest Service specialists discussing various resources.
  • Open Houses are not part of a comment period so we will not be recording public comments, but specialists may take informal notes during conversations.
  • We will bring our current work to share with you and answer your questions, but we will be reviewing pre-draft material which will not be made available to the public either as a handout or on our website. This is an informal, intermediary step. We will bring handouts from previous public meetings, which are available on our website, and there will be opportunities later for public comment on draft work products.

If you have questions please call 505-438-5442, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or mail: Forest Plan Revision, Santa Fe National Forest, 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87508. To learn more, please visit our website:  www.fs.usda.gov/goto/santafeforestplan.

We look forward to your continued involvement.

New Mexico Wild featured in Local Flavor

"W're facing one of the most hostile enviornments for public lands". - Mark Allison, Executive Director of NM Wild

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Bill to protect wilderness within Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument moves forward

For Immediate Release

 

Contact: Mark Allison, Executive Director, New Mexico Wild, (505) 239-0906

 

Bill to protect wilderness within Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument moves forward

Las Cruces, New Mexico (February 7, 2018) – New Mexico Wild joined sportsmen, Native Americans, business owners, veterans, law enforcement officials, civic groups, current and former local elected officials, archaeologists, historians, and conservation organizations to applaud the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act (S.441). A broad coalition successfully worked to create the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in 2014 and has been advocating for wilderness protection of these areas for a decade.

The bill, introduced by New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, would designate eight wilderness areas within the national monument totaling 241,067 acres. Eighty percent of the proposed wilderness is already managed as such, including eight wilderness study areas.

Legislation to safeguard the wilderness in Doña Ana County was first introduced by former Senator Jeff Bingaman in 2009 in the 111th Congress, and then again by Senators Udall and Heinrich in the 112th and 113th Congresses.

Hunting, livestock grazing, hiking, camping, horseback riding, firefighting, law enforcement activities, and border security would continue in the wilderness areas. The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks contains approximately 306 bird species and 78 mammal species including golden eagles, mule deer, javelina, cougar, ring-tail cat, and quail.

A 2016 poll showed 78 percent of citizens in Doña Ana County support the protection of wilderness within the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

“New Mexicans are rightly proud of the importance of these areas to our natural and cultural heritage,” said Mark Allison, Executive Director of New Mexico Wild. “Once again, Senators Udall and Heinrich have demonstrated the vision and leadership to go to bat for New Mexicans to protect the Land of Enchantment. They are doing what we all want the rest of congress to be doing – offering solutions.”

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ABOUT THE NEW MEXICO WILDERNESS ALLIANCE: The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance or “New Mexico Wild” is a non-profit 501 (C)(3), independent, homegrown, grassroots, conservation organization dedicated to the protection, restoration and continued respect of New Mexico’s wildlands and Wilderness areas. With staff and thousands of supporters throughout the state, New Mexico Wild is dedicated to the rights and the value of citizen involvement in protecting increasingly rare wild places within public lands. Just as freedom is every American’s birthright so too is Wilderness.

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