New staffers for New Mexico

Dustin Chavez-Davis
Robert Tohe

By Roger Singer, Senior Regional Organizing Manager 03/24/14
I would like to introduce you to our two newest Sierra Club national staff based in New Mexico, Dustin Chavez-Davis and Robert Tohe.
As key staff members of the Club’s national Our Wild America campaign, they both have already been hard at work to better protect the remaining wildlands of New Mexico, and to protect our state’s air and water quality from dirty fuels extraction on our public lands.
Both Robert and Dustin hail originally from New Mexico.
Robert is a member of the Navajo Nation, born in Gallup, while Dustin grew up in the greater Albuquerque area.
Robert recently moved back here after working as an environmental-justice organizer in our Flagstaff office on uranium issues on tribal lands for several years. Along with allies and regional tribal groups, Robert also campaigned against stopping Arizona Snow Bowl and U.S. Forest Service’s artificial snow-making on the San Francisco Peaks.
Dustin has previously been engaged as a social-justice and political program organizer with several of our partner groups, including as board president of the Southwest Organizing Project.
Both of them have deep family ties in New Mexico, so they have a personal stake in seeing our wildlands protected and our quality of life improved while helping communities with related social-justice and environmental-justice concerns.
That means working closely with the Rio Grande chapter staff and volunteers, and our local community partners, toward protecting places like the Organ Mountain Desert Peaks region near Las Cruces as a national monument, just as we did successfully with the Rio Grande National Monument almost exactly one year ago.
That also means protecting the northwest corner of the state and nearby tribal communities from expanded oil and gas drilling in an area known as the Mancos Shale play, or from uranium mining. And they both work to ensure better protective management of the wild areas in the Cibola National Forest, including the sacred site of Mount Taylor.
Robert and Dustin will be hosting outings in these regions this spring, or house parties in local neighborhoods, or asking you to take action yourself with letters to the editor or to speak up at upcoming public hearings for these conservation campaigns.
So please feel free to drop by the Albuquerque office to meet and welcome them or to contact them via the information in the newsletter masthead. Or don’t be surprised to hear from one of them soon. Working together, they and you will be the reason the Land of Enchantment always remains a treasured part of our natural and cultural heritage.