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Pearce Legislation to release Wilderness Study Areas

Protect Wilderness Study Areas

In September, Congressman Steve Pearce introduced H.R. 3478, the Luna and Hidalgo Counties

Wilderness Study Area (WSA) Release Act of 2015. Like his opposition to Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument, Congressman Pearce once again demonstrates a complete disregard to a balanced approach to national public lands and the wishes of the majority of New Mexicans.

Releasing WSAs and sacrificing the few remaining roadless areas in the ecologically import ant bootheel region is short-sighted and out of touch with New Mexican values.

Sign The Petition It is outrageous that Congressman Peace introduced this legislation without a public process. Let Congressman Pearce know that Wilderness Study Areas should continue to be managed for their wilderness characteristics, habitat and recreation and permanently protected, not opened up for industrial development.

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Say "No" to the Gila River Diversion Proposal


We need your help now to urge Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to save the Gila River once and for all!

  • The Gila River is an ecological treasure that deserves long-term protection.
  • The diversion project is technically infeasible and will yield little to no water in many years.
  • The Gila diversion is expected to be hugely expensive, with construction costs estimated by the Bureau of Reclamation at $800M to $1 billion and a continuing cost for operation, maintenance, and CAP exchange water in excess of $10 million each year, in perpetuity.
  • The diversion is unaffordable for New Mexicans. The federal funds available will pay for only a small fraction of the construction cost of the NM Unit, leaving a gap of up to $900+ million for taxpayers and water users to cover.
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  • The project is unnecessary because the area's long-term water needs can be met by other proven means -- through conservation, groundwater management, water recycling and watershed restoration.

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Take Action To Stop Large Scale Geothermal Leasing In The Santa Fe National Forest

Say No to the Gila River Diversion Proposal

The Santa Fe National Forest is considering a Forest Plan Amendment which would consider making over 194,000 acres available to devastating drilling programs for geothermal production immediately to the north and west of Valles Caldera National Preserve.

The area being considered for leasing includes portions of nine Inventoried Roadless Areas and countless water sources, including all the springs visited and loved in the Jemez Ranger District.

Inventoried Roadless Areas are places the Forest Service has determined contained wilderness characteristics, but which have not yet been permanently protected as wilderness by Congress.

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