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Stop The Killing Of Wolves Now!

Call Governor Richardson Immediately

(505) 476-2200

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has issued an IMMEDIATE REMOVAL ORDER for the Aspen Wolf Pack of Mexican wolves in southwestern New Mexico. This pack includes two adult females and two pups. The Aspen Wolf Pack contains some of the most valuable genes in the wild population.

Under the Bush administration the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program has become the Mexican Wolf Eradication Program. The US Fish and Wildlife Service has removed 15 wolves already this year without regard to their mandate to recover this critically endangered wolf under the Endangered Species Act. We must prevent attempts to cause the second extinction of Lobos in the wild. The Mexican wolf is an endangered species under New Mexico law, too; and Governor Richardson has demonstrated his resolve to protect and restore this magnificent animal.

Call Governor Richardson and thank him for his continued efforts to safeguard New Mexico’s last wild lobos but ask him to do everything in his power to prevent the killing of the Aspen Pack and to demand their re-release into the wild.

The Mexican Gray Wolf maintains close-knit families; breeding pairs usually mate for life; they play and look out for one another, but most importantly, the Mexican Gray Wolf is the true symbol of a wild New Mexico.
There are less than 30 Wild Lobos left in New Mexico!

Please Call Governor Richardson Immediately!

(505) 476-2200

Success for Otero Mesa!

On Thursday, April 19th, a coalition of ranchers, hunters, conservationists and water experts hosted the Otero Mesa Public Forum in Alamogordo. This event in large part was organized by the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (NMWA).

Almost 200 people from Alamogordo and surrounding communities attended the event to hear about Otero Mesa’s fresh water aquifer, the area’s wildlife and how oil and gas drilling could impact this special place. The purpose of the event was to bring the community together and demonstrate that southern New Mexican’s care about their quality of life, and that a few days worth of oil and gas will NOT take precedence over water, wildlife, and wilderness.

At one point during the forum, moderator, Rick Simpson (a hunting guide and Lincoln county commissioner) asked the audience “who supported a moratorium on drilling in Otero Mesa” so that a thorough study of the Salt Basin aquifer could occur. Everyone in the room expect for one person raised their hand!

The following day, the Alamogordo Daily News ran a front-page story covering the event. This story was then picked up by the Associated Press and ran in several other papers, including the Albuquerque Journal, Las Cruces Sun-News, and Santa Fe New Mexican. Read the full article here: http://www.alamogordonews.com/news/ci_5709469

Friday morning, April 20th, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance brought four of the five speakers from the forum to meet with the Alamogordo Daily News and encourage the paper to editorialize in support of the moratorium. Rancher Tweeti Blancett, wildlife expert and high school teacher Steve West, energy and economics expert Bill Brown, and Craig Roepke with the Interstate Stream Commission all attended the editorial board visit. The outcome was that the next day, the Alamogordo Daily News editorialized in supporting our efforts to call for a moratorium on drilling in Otero Mesa! Read the editorial here: http://www.alamogordonews.com/opinion/ci_5719278

Subsequently, on April 19th, Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne, requesting that all leasing and drilling be put to a halt so the U.S. Geological Survey, Sandia National Labs, and Interstate Stream Commission could conduct a thorough study of the Salt Basin aquifer. This is tremendous news. Please call Senator Bingaman and thank him for taking the lead on calling for a moratorium but urge him to keep fighting to protect Otero Mesa.

It is because of your letters, calls and pressure to our elected officials that we are gaining real traction in our efforts to protect Otero Mesa. Many thanks! This past week was a real watershed moment in the campaign. Now we must begin to aggressively pressure Senator Domenici and Congressman Pearce. Senator Domenici’s staff has indicated that the Senator may be willing to support a moratorium on Otero Mesa. Please help us to make this a reality – the time is NOW! Please call and fax your letters and comments today.

Senator Bingaman: (202) 224-5521

Senator Domenici: (202) 224-6621

Congresswoman Wilson: (202) 225-6316

Congressman Pearce: (202) 225-2365

Congressman Udall: (202) 225-6190

Protect the Sandia Mountains from ORVs!

MAY 8TH AND 9TH – SANDIA RANGER DISTRICT HOSTING MEETINGS REGARDING TRAVEL MANAGEMENT
GET INVOLVED TO HELP KEEP OFF-ROAD VEHICLES LIMITED TO APPROPRIATE TRAILS

The Travel Management Rule put out by the Forest Service in 2006 directs each National Forest to engage in a public process to determine which routes and single-track trails will be open to motorized vehicles. Routes left open will be classified by vehicle type (motorcycle, ATV, jeep, passenger vehicles) and, if needed, can have seasonal closures.

On May 8th and 9th, the Sandia Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest will host another round of public workshops to discuss preliminary route decisions they are proposing under the Travel Management Rule. Whether you have information on specific areas or just want to voice support for wildlife and quiet recreation, your input is valuable and you do not need to have attended previous workshops. More information at http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/cibola/travel-management/index.shtml

• May 8th, 6 – 9pm, at the UNM Continuing Education Conference Center (North Building), Rooms B and C, 1634 University Blvd NE (just east of Indian School).
• For folks in the East Mountains area, the May 9th meeting is in Tijeras at the Los Vecinos Community Center, also from 6 – 9pm.

The Sandia Mountains are an integral part of what makes the Albuquerque region special. They provide us with outstanding outdoor recreational pursuits and, more importantly, are home to bears, deer, peregrine falcons and a host of other wildlife. With proper travel management, quiet recreationists and wildlife benefit.

Motorized enthusiasts have attended the previous workshops in large numbers. They want all routes left open to motorized vehicles and to add more. The Forest Service is moving in the right direction with the Travel Management Rule, but they need to hear from people that support quiet recreation and habitat for wildlife.

Much of the Sandia Ranger District already has travel decisions in place and the new rule allows these to stay. The Cedro Peak region south of I-40 and the Cibola National Forest lands north of La Madera are the two areas that will be most affected by this process. Local landowners and quiet recreationists in these areas will be especially impacted by the decisions made through this process.

For further information, please contact Nancy Brunswick, Travel Management Team Leader, Cibola National Forest (505) 346-3900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Or contact Michael Scialdone, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, Wilderness Protection Director, 505-843-8696, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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