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

Reader View: Wilderness protection doesn’t have to be divisive

By Mark Allison | Posted: Saturday, September 20, 2014 9:00 pm Santa Fe New Mexican Generalizing public lands protection as a death knell for ranchers is not an accurate representation of the facts regarding Wilderness in America — the online headline was, “50 years later,….

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Senator Martin Heinrich Receives National Conservation Award

On September 17, The Wilderness Society, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Sierra Club and Campion Advocacy Fund presented Senator Martin Heinrich with the John P. Saylor Wilderness Leadership Award for his service to wilderness conservation during his years serving in the House and Senate. The….

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Wilderness Investigations: Teacher Workshops

Reminder: Sign-up now! The Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center, Wilderness50 Planning Team, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, USFS Region 3, and other local partners invite you to attend one of three special 50th anniversary….

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Wilderness Week Updates – Wilderness Weekly September 18, 2014

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Senator Heinrich Gives Impassioned Speech During Wilderness Week in D.C. Senator Martin Heinrich on Wednesday gave an impassioned speech on the Senate floor about the Wilderness Act’s and Land and Water Conservation Fund’s (LWCF) 50th anniversaries. His speech was made in conjunction with similar….

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Gila River Festival continues through Saturday

September 18, 2014 Article and Photos by Shirin McArthur for the Grant County Beat Rain has not dampened the enthusiasm of people attending this year’s Gila River Festival, and not all the events are taking place out-of-doors. At noontime Thursday, the Silver City Museum’s Brown….

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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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