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 – 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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Mexico Reports Litter Of Mexican Gray Wolves Born In Wild For First Time In Decades

Associate Press Posted: 07/17/2014 MEXICO CITY (AP) — The first known litter of Mexican gray wolves has been born in the wild as part of a three-year effort to re-introduce the subspecies to a habitat where it disappeared three decades ago, Mexican officials reported Thursday…..

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Retired Military Leaders Urge Congress to Reject Efforts to Undo Antiquities Act

By Clarence “Mac” McKnight July 16, 2014 RollCall.com U.S. Presidents have enjoyed and successfully implemented the privilege of designating national monuments for more than 100 years. To date, 15 presidents on both sides of the aisle have used their authority under the Antiquities Act, granted….

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The Fall of the Wild? Not Really.

The landmark Wilderness Act is 50 years old, and it’s still working. By Ben A. Minteer Slate.com his September marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the piece of federal legislation that created a national system of wilderness areas and established the principles for….

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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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