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Wild Guide 2008

Happy Trails and Wilderness Tales
2008 New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Wild Guide

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The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance has just released its “2008 Wild Guide, The Passport to New Mexico’s Great Outdoors.”

Sponsored by REI, this year’s Wild Guide is jam-packed with great hikes, volunteer service projects and Wilderness lore. Included are 48 hikes, some of which are self-guided but most are lead by the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. There are nine backpacking trips, four car-camps, and 27 volunteer service all across the state. Some of our projects venture into areas that are not normally open to the public.

Supported by more than 5,500 members, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the creation, protection and restoration of wilderness in New Mexico. An important part of our work remains connecting people to our wild public lands like Otero Mesa and the Valle Vidal.

Through the numerous hikes, backpacks, and Wilderness service projects we aim to build awareness and support for the protection of these special landscapes – all the while having FUN! The 2008 Wild Guide captures a wide variety of experiences while showcasing some of our states greatest wilderness resources and potentials. Additionally, there are cooking recipes, safety tips, stories written by outdoor enthusiasts, and much more.

No matter your hiking experience, there is an outing for everyone. Ranging from a strenuous twenty mile dayhike along the Sandia Crest to an easy two mile stroll, suitable for children, in the newly designated Ojito Wilderness, just an hour northwest of Albuquerque. Whether you want a three day backpack in the Pecos Wilderness, or a simple car-camp in Otero Mesa, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance 2008 Wild Guide has an adventure waiting for you.

Happy Trails!

Copies of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance 2008 Wild Guide can be purchased for only $9.95 by calling 505-843-8696, or by picking up a copy at REI, Sportz Outdoors, and Gardener’s Guild in Albuquerque, The Travel Bug in Santa Fe or Mudd n Flood in Taos.

Passage of House Interior spending bill step in right direction for Chaco

For Immediate Release             
 

Passage of House Interior spending bill step in right direction for Chaco

ALBUQUERQUE (June 25, 2019) – New Mexico Wild today is celebrating the passage of a Department of Interior spending bill by the House of Representatives that includes an amendment that would provide protections for the greater Chaco region. The amendment proposed by Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Lujan to the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations package would prohibit Interior from using federal funds to approve mineral development projects in a ten-mile buffer zone around Chaco Culture National Historical Park for the next fiscal year.

“Many Chacoan sites exist outside the Park's official boundaries, so lease sales by BLM in the surrounding area almost always mean the loss of artifacts, history, and sacred sites as well as wildlands, habitat and dark skies.  Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján’s amendment to the House Interior-Environment Appropriations spending bill represents a major step forward toward permanently protecting the area’s rich cultural heritage, world-class archaeological resources and sensitive natural landscape,” said Mark Allison, Executive Director of New Mexico Wild.  “We are grateful for Assistant Speaker Luján’s leadership fighting for a budget that reflects New Mexico values, and to our entire delegation for stepping up to protect Greater chaco.” 

Earlier this year, New Mexico’s entire Congressional delegation introduced the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act of 2019 to permanently remove all federal lands within ten miles of Chaco Culture National Historical Park from future oil and gas drilling lease sales.

On May 22, 2018, Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced an initial piece of legislation to protect the area surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has been subjected to rampant oil and gas development for many decades. The areas immediately surrounding the park are some of the only places in the San Juan Basin that remain relatively undeveloped.

The bill that was introduced this spring is an updated version of the 2018 legislation. If it passes, no additional land managed by the Bureau of Land Management within ten miles of the park and certain significant outlying sites could ever be leased for mineral extraction. In addition, the legislation would permanently withdraw more than 300,000 acres of oil, natural gas, coal and other minerals owned by the U.S. Federal Government. Existing federal mineral leases as well future leases of state, tribal, and allottee minerals would not be impacted by this withdrawal. See map: Proposed Chaco Protection Zone.

Earlier this year, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) removed approximately 1,500 acres of land in the areas adjacent to Chaco Culture National Historical Park from an oil and gas lease sale after immense public outcry from local communities, tribes, and conservation organizations. The BLM made a similar decision in early 2018, temporarily deferring an oil and gas lease sale after facing immense public backlash for initially including parcels of land near Chaco in the sale.

The Chaco protection bill remedies the problem by permanently removing these parcels from the BLM’s consideration. Chaco and its surrounding areas are sacred to both the Navajo Nation and the pueblos of the Southwest. It contains myriad archaeological sites, including entire structures from thousands of years ago. It is still used today for religious ceremonies, and attracts visitors from all over the world, greatly contributing to the local economy.

On March 21, 2019, the Navajo Nation and the All Pueblo Council of Governors (APCG) came together for a historic summit to declare their shared commitment to permanently protect the lands in the greater Chaco region. It was only the third meeting of its kind between the two bodies in the more than 400-year history of the APCG, with each meeting focusing on the need to protect Chaco and the surrounding areas.

The Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act of 2019 is supported by Navajo Nation, All Pueblo Council of Governors, New Mexico Wild, the Wilderness Society, and Southwest Native Cultures. A 2018 resolution in support of the original legislation from APCG can be found HERE.

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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.

New Mexico Outdoor Economics Conference in Silver City on October 3 & 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2019

Silver City, New Mexico – On October 3 & 4, Silver City will host the 2nd annual New Mexico Outdoor Economics Conference. The Conference will feature leaders from across New Mexico and the nation to highlight successful strategies for creating jobs and tourism connected to outdoor recreation. New Mexico has just created an “Outdoor Recreation Division” in the Economic Development Department to help communities create economic opportunities connected to the state’s growing $9.9 billion outdoor recreation industry.

This year’s Conference speakers include a wide range of leading marketing and outdoor recreation specialists including Dave Stanton, creator of the successful New Mexico True advertising campaign, eco and wildlife tourism companies, trail experts from the Rio Grande, Appalachian, Arizona, and Continental Divide Trails and top government officials including Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Senator Martin Heinrich, Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small, Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard, the New Mexico Secretary of Tourism Jen Schroer, and the new Director of the New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Office.

The Outdoor Economics Conference will include panel discussions about successful community and company programs that promote outdoor recreation opportunities, eco and wildlife tourism, state promotional resources, benefits of trails, sustainable tourism, federal partnerships with land management agencies, and equal access to the outdoors.

Citizens and leaders interested in developing businesses and governmental policies connected to the outdoor recreation industry are encouraged to attend. To attend, register online at www.outdooreconomicsnm.com. The registration fee is $40.

The New Mexico Outdoor Economics Conference will be held at the Grant County Conference Center, 3031 Highway 180 East in Silver City.

The Conference includes an evening reception at the San Vicente Creek River Walk Park and a choice of one of eleven complimentary outdoor tours in the region including river rafting, mountain bike riding, hikes along the Gila River and Continental Divide Trail, and plane tours over the Gila Wilderness.

Featured Sessions and Speakers

The conference will include the following featured sessions and speakers. (Visit http://www.outdooreconomicsnm.com to view the conference program and speaker bios.)

New Mexico State Government Outdoor Recreation Resources
Outdoor Marketing Tool Kit
Eco & Wildlife Tourism
Benefits and Opportunities of Promoting Trails
Sustainable Outdoor Tourism
Outdoor Recreation Small Business Successes
Equitable Opportunity and Access to the Outdoors
Federal Land Management Agency Partnerships

Conference speakers include:

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham
Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small
New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard
Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales
Secretary of the New Mexico Tourism Department, Jen Schroer
Secretary of Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department, Sarah Cottrell Propst
Director of the New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Division
Director of New Mexico State Parks , Christy Tafoya
Director of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department, Dave Simon
Cycle Forward, Amy Camp
CEO of Visit Bend, Kevney Dugan
Creator of New Mexico True, Dave Stanton
Outdoor Industry Association, David Weinstein
New Mexico Wild, Jeff Steinborn, Garrett VeneKlasen, and Grecia Nuñez
Director of the New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Division
New Mexico Representative of Defenders of Wildlife, Michael Dax
Ted Turner Expeditions, David Barfield
Fly Fishing Guide & Member of San Felipe Pueblo, Norman Maktima
Jackson Hole EcoTour Adventures, Taylor Phillips
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, Dana Watts
Governor of the Pueblo of Acoma, Brian Vallo
National Park Service, Robert "Bob" Ratcliffe
Forest Service, Toby Bloom & Francisco Valenzuela
Bureau of Land Management, Angela West
Far Flung Adventures, Steve Harris
Gila Hike and Bike, Martyn Pearson
Southwest Expeditions, David Crider
Latino Outdoors, José G. González
Taos Pueblo Division of Natural Resources, Cameron Martinez
River Source & Member of Cochiti Pueblo, Carlos Herrera
Continental Divide Trail Association, Teresa Martinez
Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Julie Judkins
Arizona Trail Association, Matt Nelson

New Mexico Wild statement on Interior Secretary’s Chaco visit with Senator Heinrich

For Immediate Release                                                                          

New Mexico Wild statement on Interior Secretary’s Chaco visit with Senator Heinrich

ALBUQUERQUE (May 29, 2019) – New Mexico Wild Executive Director Mark Allison today released the following statement regarding Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s tour of Chaco Culture National Historical Park with Senator Martin Heinrich:

“We are grateful to Senator Martin Heinrich for inviting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to tour Chaco Culture National Historical Park and for securing his commitment to place a moratorium on new leasing on BLM lands within 10 miles of Chaco for the next year. This affords some critical breathing room to get the best result possible in BLM’s Resource Management Plan and to advance permanent protections through passage of the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act. Secretary Bernhardt’s visit and commitment are a welcome step and we thank Senator Heinrich for his leadership creating this opportunity.”

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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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