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.

Board Election Results

By vote of the members, Bob Taffanelli and David Soules have been elected to new three-year terms on our board. Following the election outcome, the Board of Directors proceeded to appoint Nancy Morton and Joe Alcock to three-year terms. The Board also appointed Claire Cote to a one-year term.

Read more about the new board members and a letter from our board chair.

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 and Service Projects

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

Wilderness Weekly – Wilderness Anniversary Updates

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NM Wild to Award Youth Scholarships to National Wilderness Conference New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is committed to leadership development for wilderness advocacy and to ensuring wilderness remains accessible to everyone. As such, NM Wild is awarding scholarships to the Wilderness 50th National Conference to….

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Report: New Mexico national park tourism increased in 2013

Las Cruces Sun-News report 07/18/2014 LAS CRUCES >> Visitors to New Mexico’s national parks and monuments in 2013 spent about $83.2 million dollars and supported 1,136 jobs, according to a new National Park Service report. Sue Masica, director of the NPS’s Intermountain Region, said in….

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A Monumental Symphony and 3 Sour Notes Crying Wolf

Javier Sierra, The Huffington Post 07/18/2014 When President Obama signed the proclamation to designate the Organ Mountains/Desert Peaks National Monument in May, it was the last stitch of a tapestry to weave together several natural sites of extraordinary beauty and cultural significance. The monument, located….

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Wilderness Weekly – July 10, 2014

Please excuse the layout problems–we are having technical difficulties. 2013 monsoon rains from the Sandias. Photo: Lawrence Blank. Forests Reopen   The Forest Service has rescinded its closure orders on the Mountainair, Magdalena and Sandia Ranger Districts, reopening trails in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, Lincoln and….

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Upcoming Events – July/August 2014

Public Meetings July 8 & 9 Carlsbad & Artesia The Carlsbad Bureau of Land Management office is holding public meetings on their Lands With Wilderness Characteristics inventory. Please attend if you can!  BLM staff members will be available during the workshops to answer questions. If….

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Wilderness Weekly – July 1, 2014

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Forest Closures in Albuquerque area (map) Starting Monday, fire closures were put in place for the Sandia and Mountainair ranger districts of the Cibola National Forest. “The districts have been closely monitoring conditions, and based on their assessments and the National Weather Service predictions….

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The man behind a New Mexico county’s fracking ban

Last year Mora became the first county in the nation to permanently ban oil and gas development. High Country News June 23, 2014 By Ernie Atencio On a raw, bright winter day, John Olívas and his wife, Pam, hold court at the Hatchas Café in….

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2014 Board Election Results

Dear Friends and Members of New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, I am pleased to let you know that by vote of the members, Bob Taffanelli and David Soules have been elected to new three-year terms on our board.They are both from Las Cruces and have been….

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Wilderness Weekly – June 10, 2014

These are highlights from our weekly eNews. To receive the full newsletter each week, sign up here. Staff Return from historic Gila Backpack Last week, on the 90th anniversary of the Gila Wilderness, our Executive Director Mark Allison and Gila Grassroots Organizer Nathan Newcomer emerged….

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Earth Matters – Gila Wilderness 90th Anniversary

In this week’s installment, Earth Matters co-host Donna Stevens of the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance interviews Executive Director Mark Allison and Gila Grassroots Article ImageOrganizer Nathan Newcomer. They discuss NM Wild’s mission, projects and goals, the significance and benefits of wilderness areas, and the criteria….

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