Group leaders named to State Land committee

New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Ray Powell in May 2012 named Rio Grande Chapter leaders Norma McCallan and Ken Hughes to be part of a 12-member Conservation Advisory Committtee for the State Land Office.

Member Story: House Savings

Norma Reyes

Member Story: House Savings

Four years ago, I started greening my house as I made needed repairs. First I replaced the main windows with double-pane, energy-saving windows (which also reduced outside noise considerably). I have followed up with Energy Star toilets (rebate water credit paid for them entirely), showerheads, refrigerator, dishwasher and entry door. I’ve also installed an energy efficient garage door and put a thermal blanket on the water heater.

Solar Saves the Day

photo by Ken Hughes

Solar System kept water pumping when fire knocked out other power
(From the New Mexico Energy and Minerals Department)

RUIDOSO, N.M. – A solar photovoltaic system installed by the Sun Valley Water and Sanitation District kept the water pumping to volunteer firefighters fighting the Little Bear Fire when all other power in the area was lost.

Reduce, reuse, revolutionize


By Jessie Emerson, Northern Group Recycling Chair

According to the World Resources Institute (2000), global energy consumption and manufacturing activity over the next 50 years may rise to three times current levels.

State water plan being updated

NM basins BW.jpg

By Sig Silber, Northern New Mexico Group Water Chair

In 2003 the first New Mexico State Water Plan was adopted. It is the intent of the Legislature that the Interstate Stream Commission, in collaboration with the Office of the State Engineer and the water trust board, prepare and implement a comprehensive state water plan. The state water plan shall be a strategic management tool.

The details of the water-planning statute can be viewed at

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  • Sierra Club hires new Public Lands staff to protect the land we love in New Mexico

    Eliza Kretzmann

    By Eliza Kretzmann Resilient Habitats organizer

    Wildlife management or wildlife destruction?

    Protest at NM Game & Fish Dept. - photo by MK Ray

    On June 21, the state Game Commission rubber-stamped Game and Fish’s
    recommendation to drastically increase allowed bear and cougar kills in New Mexico.

    By Mary Katherine Ray, Wildlife Chair

    What exactly is meant when the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish uses the words “wildlife management”? When it comes to carnivores, it means one thing: killing. Game and Fish is proposing to increase the number of bears being killed despite only two years having passed since the quotas were raised dramatically already.

    Mining in New Mexico: A roundup

    Copper Flat site - provided by Dan Lorimer

    By Dan Lorimer

    With increasing market values for gold, silver, copper and other metals, new interest in New Mexico’s elemental resources has become much more active.

    SunZia: Transmission for renewable energy


    The Sierra Club and the Rio Grande Chapter have identified as an overarching priority the fight against global warming.

    To stimulate investments in renewable energy production, renewable-rich areas like central New Mexico need transmission lines to deliver renewable power to customers across the west.

    The Rio Grande Chapter believes renewable-energy transmission projects are good for stimulating clean energy in New Mexico. We also believe in making sure these projects are planned and built to strict environmental standards. We want the bar set high.

    Senators Bingaman and Udall Introduce Legislation to designate Columbine Hondo Wilderness Area!


    New Bill to Permanently Protect Columbine Hondo Area

    Please call your Senators and say thank you!

    Senator Jeff Bingaman: 1-800-443-8658
    Senator Tom Udall: (202) 224-6621

    Senator Bingaman today introduced S. 2468, the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act, to permanently protect the 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Study Area. The legislation is being praised by a coalition of New Mexicans who have been working for years to see this wild land preserved. Senator Tom Udall is cosponsoring this important bill.

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