Our Campaigns

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Our Mission

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (NM Wild)  is a non-profit 501(C)(3), grassroots, environmental organization dedicated to the protection, restoration, and continued enjoyment of New Mexico’s wildlands and Wilderness areas. The primary goal of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is to ensure the protection and restoration of all remaining wild lands in New Mexico through administrative designations, federal Wilderness designation, and ongoing stewardship.

Wrenched The Movie

wrenched logoJoin us Friday, October 17 at 7 p.m. at KiMo Theatre in Albuquerque

Doors open at 6:30. Come early to enjoy light food and beverages hosted by New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. Dave Foreman, Terry Tempest Williams, Jack Loeffler, Kim Crumbo and Director ML Lincoln will host an in-person discussion following the film plus music by Wildlands singer Bart Koehler.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

MikeGroves attribution_OrgansOn May 21, 2014, President Obama designated the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument by use of the Antiquities Act. NM Wild Southern Director Jeff Steinborn, Community Organizer Nathan Small, Hispanic Organizer Angel Pena, and board members Roberta Salazar and David Soules joined President Obama for the signing ceremony.

Learn more about the Organ Mountains and our campaign to protect this area. Check out our Spring 2014 edition of New Mexico Wild newsletter, featuring information and great photos on the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Sec. Jewell’s visit to Las Cruces. View the newsletter.

Press release and timeline of NM Wild’s involvement in the campaign.

Hikes, Service Projects and Events

We have all of our 2014 hikes and service projects online. Browse our online calendar to learn about our upcoming hikes and to sign up. View our Albuquerque-area hikes and events here.

Wilderness50 Conference Coming to Albuquerque

w50_logo_LoRes_rgbWhen: October 15-19, 2014

Where: Albuquerque Convention Center

What: In 2014, NM Wild will co-host a conference to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. We are currently active members of the event planning team. The Wilderness50 National Wilderness Conference will be a historic four-day event of diverse programs including presentations, panels, exhibits, field trips, skill-development workshops, and opportunities to fellowship and share information about recent advances and emerging issues in wilderness stewardship. Learn more here.

View New Mexico Senate Memorial 70, which honors the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Recent News

Fall 2014 Events

10th Annual Gila River Festival Celebrating America’s First Wilderness River September 18-21 In and around Silver City Sponsored by NM Wild and with a keynote from Dave Foreman and presentations by NM Wild’s Nathan Newcomer and Mark Allison The 10th annual Gila River Festival–Celebrating America’s….

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ENDANGERED SPECIES: Enviros to sue over Mexican gray wolf protections

Emily Yehle, E&E reporter Published: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Conservation groups plan to sue the Fish and Wildlife Service over the recovery plan for the Mexican gray wolf, arguing that the agency does not have an adequate road map to help the species survive. The….

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Virginia Cramer: More wilderness needed in monument

By Virginia Cramer for the Las Cruces Sun-News Guest column Posted:   08/30/2014 05:04:17 PM MDT On Sept. 3, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law one of our country’s greatest conservation laws, the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation….

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Celebrating Wilderness

By Tania Soussan / For the Journal UPDATED: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 6:06 am PUBLISHED: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 12:05 am New Mexico is going wild this fall as it becomes the nation’s hot spot for celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the….

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To protect wolves’ future is to protect our future

By Carol Fugagli / Cliff Resident PUBLISHED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Albuquerque Journal My family lives in Mexican gray wolf country along the banks of the upper Gila River in the Cliff-Gila Valley, three miles from the southern edge of the Gila Wilderness in southwestern….

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Wilderness Weekly – August 13, 2014

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Take a hike on the wild side Some of the key pioneers of the national wilderness movement were inspired by New Mexico’s rugged and beautiful landscapes, so it’s only fitting that Albuquerque was chosen to host the Wilderness Act’s 50th anniversary celebration this fall…..

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Divert & Conquer: NM’s plans to dam the Gila River are dubious and damn expensive

August 5, 2014, 12:00 am By Laura Paskus for the Santa Fe Reporter With a lagging economy and a warming climate, New Mexico might be getting ready to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on dim plans to draw water from the Gila River. The….

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Upcoming Events – August/September

Thinking Wilderness: The Art Show Calling All Artists – August 2-17, 2014 OCHO Art & Event Space,Questa Reception: August 9, 2014, from 5-8 p.m. All local and regional visual artists are encouraged to enter 2 and 3 dimensional artworks for this open exhibition taking place….

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Take a hike on the wild side

By Tania Soussan / For the Albuquerque Journal PUBLISHED: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 12:05 am “Wilderness is an anchor to windward. Knowing it is there, we can also know that we are still a rich nation, tending our resources as we should – not….

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Wilderness Weekly – August 1, 2014

Retired Military Leaders Urge Congress to Reject Efforts to Undo Antiquities Act (Commentary by Retired Lt. General Clarence “Mac” McKnight) On Thursday, July 10, the House Committee on Homeland Security held a subcommittee hearing to discuss the “implications for border security” presented by designating the….

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