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2009 Wild Guide Is Here!

For Immediate Release

Date: April 14, 2009

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Are you ready to head back outdoors this year? Have an itch to do some volunteer work that will make a difference on the ground in your favorite wilderness? Or are you just looking to meet new friends and experience some of the wildest places in New Mexico?

If so, this year’s Wild Guide is the ultimate passport to New Mexico’s wild outdoors.

Included are hikes throughout the state, some of which are self-guided but most of which are led by the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance staff. There are also nineteen volunteer service projects all across the state, some that venture into areas not normally open to the public. We repair environmental damage, close illegal ATV trails, and do riparian restoration.

Through these hikes and volunteer service projects, we aim to build awareness and support for the protection of these special landscapes—all the while, having FUN! The 2009 Wild Guide captures a wide variety of experiences while showcasing some of our state’s greatest wilderness resources and potentials. It also features cooking recipes, safety tips, and much more.

Copies of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance 2009 Wild Guide can be purchased for only $9.95 by calling 505-843-8696 , or by picking up a copy at REI in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe, Otowi Station in Los Alamos, Tome on the Range in Las Vegas, Mudd N Flood in Taos, Carlsbad Caverns Bookstore, and Bowlin’s Mesilla Book Center in Las Cruces.

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

NEW Otero Mesa Book

Unique Southwest Grassland Preserved in New Book

otero mesa bookALBUQUERQUE—In January of 2005, the Bureau of Land Management approved a plan to drill more than one hundred new wells on Otero Mesa, a pristine grassland in southern New Mexico. What followed was an extensive international activist effort that exposed the public to the environmental threats, including wildlife decimation and groundwater contamination, posed by oil drilling on this unique natural wonder. Otero Mesa’s fate is yet undecided, the case resting in federal courts.

“Preserving places like Otero Mesa will require the engagement of citizens who recognize the value of clean water, open spaces, and the beauty of nature to our own sustenance and that of our des-cendants,” writes New Mexico governor, Bill Richardson in the foreword to Otero Mesa.

Otero Mesa ($24.95 paperback, Univ. of New Mexico Press) takes readers on a narrative and photographic journey of the half-million acres of unfettered grassland in southern New Mexico’s Chihuahuan Desert. Home to migratory songbirds, rare native pronghorns, prairie dogs, and stunning visual scenery, Otero Mesa is captured in the sonorous narrative of nature writer Gregory McNamee and the exquisite landscape and wildlife photography of Stephen Strom and Stephen Capra. Readers will come to realize the detailed contours, the vast horizons, and the unique wildlife of Otero Mesa. The cast of characters—agaves, ocotillos, yuccas, golden grasslands, yellow-headed blackbirds, kestrels, pepperweed, and storm-covered mountains—embody the wild views of Otera Mesa, just as McNamee’s four chapters—“The View from an Aplomado,” “The View from a Missile,” “Oil,” and “Otero Mesa and the Fate of the Land”—represent the diverse human views.

Gregory McNamee is a widely published author, editor, and photographer who lives in Tucson, Arizona. Among his many books are Gila: The Life and Death of an American River, also published by UNM Press, and Moveable Feasts: The History, Science, and Lore of FoodStephen Strom has spent nearly forty years as a research astronomer, most recently serving on the staff of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucson. His photography has been widely exhibited, and he has collaborated on several books, including Navajo poet Laura Tohe’s Tseyi (Deep in the Rock): Reflections on Canyon de ChellyStephen Capra is the executive director of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and has worked for wilderness conservation since 1988, following a career in private industry and journalism. Capra lives in Albuquerque. Otero Mesa is available at bookstores or directly from the University of New Mexico Press. To order, please call 800-249-7737 or visit www.unmpress.com, where a list of author events also appears.


EXCERPT “And there is more water to come, for it is winter, a time of rain and snow, and now thunderheads are forming far down south in Mexico, looming up in the distance a hundred and more miles away, easily visible from the heights of this broad plateau. Soon enough the thunderheads will arrive, and more water will fall, gathering in the great rocky, grass-covered bowl that is Otero Mesa. This is a land of sky, a sky so vast and blue that it dwarfs the tallest mountains and broadest valleys. Here it is hard to see not the forest for the trees, but the horizon for the firmament: other places have sky, but here the land seems but a thin strip of dirt under the hugeness of the heavens, that great endless openness punctuated only by clouds. And contrails, of course, for we are in the twenty-first century, so that planes and satellites scream distantly overhead, reminding us of modern realities and appetites that have everything to do with this quiet, distant place.”

: For more information about Otero Mesa or to schedule an interview with Mr. McNamee, Mr. Strom, or Mr. Capra, please contact Amanda Sutton, UNM Press, at 505-272- 7190 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

: Amanda Sutton, Publicity

505-272-7190 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

92 pages, $24.95 paperback

ISBN: 978-0-8263-4397-0

41 color photographs

Publication: Nov. 15, 2008