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Mexican Wolf Stamp Contest - 2018


About The Contest:

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance invites submissions for the 2018 Mexican Wolf Conservation Stamp.  Artists worldwide are invited to enter two-dimensional drawings, paintings, or photographs featuring the Mexican gray wolf.  The winning artwork will be featured on the 2018 stamp that will be sold to raise funds to support Mexican wolf conservation and education projects.  All artwork must be scalable to the size of the stamp, 4.5-inches wide by 5.5-inches tall.  Please submit electronic images of original artwork by March 1, 2018 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About The Stamp:

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance issued its first Mexican Wolf Conservation Stamp in 2011. This collectible stamp is similar to the US Fish and Wildlife’s duck stamp, which funds wetlands conservation– but the stamp is in no way related to hunting. All proceeds from sales of the wolf stamp directly benefit activities to support Mexican wolf conservation and education projects. The 4.5×5.5 inch full-color stamp is sold exclusively through NM Wild and is a framing-quality print for collectors.

Congress Considering Bill Riders Which Undermine the Roadless Rule

An assault on roadless areas was recently launched in Congress. Riders attached to a federal spending bill would introduce logging and road-building to some of our national forests, undermining the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule. The Roadless Rule, one of the most popular land conservation measures in US history, protects most remote and wild parts of the National Forest System by prohibiting road construction, timber harvesting and other development, which provides habitat to wildlife and provide safe drinking water to millions of Americans, in addition to their primitive recreational value.

The particular riders discussed so far target two national forests in Alaska, the Tongass and the Chugach national forests, but if allowed to pass, could trigger additional forest-by-forest or state-by-state exemptions from this national conservation policy, leading to construction and logging in remote wild forest areas across the U.S., including in New Mexico's five National Forests, which contain 1,505,894 acres of inventoried roadless areas.  

Congress will need to pass another short-term spending bill in the next few weeks, so now is a critical time for Senators to hear from their constituents that they oppose all efforts to open protected forest areas to logging and additional roads.

We will post updates as they become available

Cerros del Norte Conservation Act passes U.S. Senate

Christmas Miracle! Cerros del Norte Conservation Act passes U.S. Senate

Senate passes measure to protect special areas as wilderness within Río Grande del Norte National Monument



John Olivas, (505)379-5551, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TAOS, NM (December 22, 2017) – Just days before Christmas, the U.S. Senate passed the Cerros del Norte Conservation Act (S. 432).  A diverse coalition of business owners, sportsmen, tribal leaders, local and federal elected officials, grazing permittees, and more applauded the passage.

“My livelihood depends on the backcountry within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument,” said local outfitter/guide Stuart Wilde. “The passage of the Cerros del Norte Bill reflects the value that New Mexican’s place on wilderness and wild places. In a time when our public lands are under constant threat, this reaffirms our community’s commitment to the protection and conservation of our most special places.”

The legislation would provide extra protection for special areas contained within Río Grande del Norte National Monu­ment by designating two new wilderness areas –Cerro del Yuta and Río San Antonio.  The national monument was designated by President Obama in 2013 after Congress failed time and again to move legislation supported by the local community.  Because only Congress can designate Wilderness, Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall introduced the Cerros del Norte Conservation Act following the national monument designation to protect these critical areas.


“Wilderness areas provide the best wildlife habitat for the numerous land and water species that call this area home.  These two wilderness designations will ensure that future generations of hunters and anglers will always have true backcountry areas to visit in northern New Mexico. I want to thank Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall for their steadfast leadership in safeguarding our natural heritage,” added Nick Streit, owner of Taos Fly Shop.

Grazing would continue in the already-existing areas and water rights would not be impacted. Additionally, the proposed wilderness areas within the national monument serve as one of the world’s great avian migratory routes. It is also home to important game species like pronghorn and elk.  The legislation would also safeguard world-class recreation opportunities already enjoyed within the national monument, such as hiking, hunting, and fishing. 

Erminio Martinez, a grazing permittee, said, “My family has been ranching in Northern New Mexico for over 400 years, and we want future generations to have these same opportunities. The national monument designation has not impacted our operations, and neither will preserving Cerro del Yuta and Río San Antonio as wilderness. Our cattle depend upon clean and abundant water, and wilderness will help preserve the resource protecting the time honored tradition we value so deeply.

 Wilderness designation within the national monument will boost local businesses:

The two proposed wil­derness areas in the Cerros del Norte Conservation Act will comprise 21,540 acres of the 242,500-acre national monument northwest of Taos, New Mexico.


133 Conservation Groups Tell Congress: Keep Bikes Out of Wilderness

133 Conservation Groups Tell Congress: Keep Bikes Out of Wilderness

U.S. House Hearing on GOP Bill Opening All Wilderness Areas to Bikes and Other Wheeled Contraptions is Thursday, December 7th

Mark Allison, Executive Director, New Mexico Wild, 505-239-0906

Albuquerque, New Mexico - A broad coalition of 133 conservation and Wilderness organizations from across America have asked Congress “to reject an unprecedented call to amend the Wilderness Act to allow for the use of mountain bikes in designated Wilderness.”

The sign-on letter from the organizations was prepared ahead of a December 7th hearing in the U.S. House’s Subcommittee on Federal Lands on a Republican-sponsored bill (H.R. 1349), which would open all of America’s 110 million acres of Wilderness to mountain bikes and other wheeled contraptions.

“For over a half century, the Wilderness Act has protected wilderness areas from mechanization and mechanical transport, even if no motors were involved with such activities. This has meant, as the law intended, that Wildernesses have been kept free from bicycles and other types of mechanization and mechanical transport,” the 133 organizations wrote Congress in a sign-on letter prepared for the December 7th hearing. A copy of the letter to Congress can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/2AU0ume

“Mountain biking is a wonderful activity, but it doesn’t belong in Wilderness. With roughly 2% of New Mexico permanently protected as Wilderness, mountain bikers have millions of other acres available for recreation. We owe it to future generations, wildlife, and the land itself to place certain areas off limits to motorized and mechanized uses,” said Mark Allison, executive director of New Mexico Wild.  

“With all the threats we are facing to our public lands, from shrinking national monuments to calls for privatization, it is arrogant and cynical for the small group of proponents of this bill to try to undermine the Wilderness Act. Rather than promoting their narrow, selfish agenda, they should stand with us to fight off the unprecedented attacks from the Trump administration and the 115th Congress,” said Allison.

“We believe that this protection has served our nation well, and that the ‘benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness’ would be forever lost by allowing mechanized transport in these areas,” the 133 conservation and Wilderness protection organizations wrote Congress.