Wilderness Weekly – January 14, 2013

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Looking for auction items
In March, we’ll be hosting our second annual online auction to raise money for New Mexico wilderness. You can help by donating items or services to our auction! Some great ideas include massage/yoga certificates, vacation rentals, unique wilderness tours/outings, hotel certificates, outdoor gear, jewelery, artwork and more! If you are interested in donating to our auction, it is tax-deductible and you could be featured on our website, Wild Guide and newsletter. Please contact tina@nmwild.org for more information. Go to our auction webpage.
Back by popular demand
We have new Wolves Belong bumper stickers! Order your bumper sticker now!
2013 Wild Guide is here
The Wild Guide features hikes and excursions across the state as well as updates on all of NM Wild’s projects. This year’s edition features family adventures and a section on art and nature.  Order your copy now!


Mexican wolf release
An adult male Mexican wolf may soon be exploring its new territory in the Apache National Forest of east-central Arizona.
Thank you for your support!
Year-end fundraiser a great success
Dear Friend,
Thanks to our amazing members, we raised close to $25,000 in our 2012 year-end online fundraiser! Thank you to all who contributed and the generous donors who matched those donations up to $10,000. We are excited to put this money to work in 2013.
As we speak, we are still hard at work for a new national monument for Rio Grande del Norte. As you might remember, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visited Taos for a public meeting in December and was planning to advise the president that a national monument is the right thing to do for Rio Grande del Norte. We’re still actively working on making this important conservation happen for northern New Mexico and we feel it could happen any day!
In 2013, we’ll be pushing harder for the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Together, we’ve gathered an unprecedented level of support for this campaign—83 percent of the local community supports the national monument plan—and we plan to keep the momentum going until we get a national monument designation.
Of course, we are still hard at work on all our other campaigns: Mexican gray wolves, Otero Mesa and Chaco Canyon.
Thank you for your support, which is vital to us as we work to protect New Mexico’s most special places and the wildlife that live there. Let’s keep it wild!

Listen to last week’s Earth Matters
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks the focus of this week’s show
Earth Matters co-producer, Dr Kim McCreery, NM Wild Regional Director/Staff Scientist, talks with Las Cruces City Council member Gill Sorg and Lucas Herndon, Executive Director of Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks.
They discuss the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument Proposal, the scope and purpose the purpose of the monument, the economic advantages it will bring, the assurances for protecting these sensitive and magnificent areas for future generations, the environmental protections it will provide for flora and fauna, the range of uses that will be permitted and the recreational and inspirational character of this magical and enchanting landscape as well as dispel certain misinformation and false rumor that has been disseminated.


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