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.

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.

Recent News

Wilderness Weekly – October 22,2014

National Wilderness Conference Wraps Up The National Wilderness Conference concluded in Albuquerque on Sunday. Around 1,200 wilderness professionals and enthusiasts from around the nation—and the globe—convened at last week’s conference to “remember our past and rededicate ourselves to the future…a future with wilderness.” New Mexico….

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Leaving No Trace in New Mexico

Posted by Jeannette Kimmel in Travel with Heart October 10, 2014 National Geographic Traveler online On the trail to the bottom of a gorge in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument a short drive north from Taos, New Mexico, Stuart Wilde stops abruptly and….

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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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