New staffers for New Mexico

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.


Budget fights stall legislative progress

Sen. Peter Wirth

By Dan Lorimier, Chapter Conservation coordinator 03/24/14
New Mexico in February finished its “short” 30-day session of the Legislature, and as usual, budget battles between the executive branch and the legislative branch bogged down the process.
By the time resolution was reached on the budget, so many bills were being held in the House Appropriations and Finance Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, waiting for a settled and final budget, that there was little time to consider this backlog before the session ended Feb. 20.


Science panel rejects Fish and Wildlife wolf plan

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By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife chair 03/28/14

The saga and shame of the proposal to delist wolves from endangered-species protection wears on.
Wolves have already been delisted by an act of Congress in the three northern Rockies states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho and the three Great Lakes states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Last year, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to remove wolves from the Endangered Species list nationwide (excluding Mexican wolves) based on a reclassification of the species Canis lupus.


Join the team! Volunteer web editor needed

The Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter is looking for a web editor — someone who can update the website and add events, stories, action alerts and other items.
The commitment is only a few hours a month, but it makes a big difference to our communications efforts. Please contact monablaber@gmail.com if you’re interested.


Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks supporters deliver 15,000 petitions

Organ Mountains petition signers Dustin Chavez-Davis

By Dustin Chavez-Davis
Our Wild America
The campaign to establish the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in southern New Mexico is gaining momentum following a visit to the area in late January from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and delivery of 15,000 petition signatures asking President Obama to designate the monument.


Rio Grande Sierran Newsletter

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Join our team and stand up for New Mexico's air, public lands, water, wildlife and climate!

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The vibrancy and effectiveness of the Rio Grande Chapter is a direct result of the work of many active volunteers throughout New Mexico & West Texas.

Do you want to get more active in protecting the environment but haven't been quite sure how how to make a difference? Maybe you are only available on Saturday afternoons, but want to help when you can.


Moderate hike to Giant Footprint Ruins

Beautiful hike near Jemez Springs to the top of the mesa. About 6-8 miles. The hike starts with a possible stream crossing and then a very steep climb of about 500 feet up an old road to the mesa top and then cross-country to the ruins. Great views from atop the mesa thru pine trees. Marcia Skillman, (505) 699-3008, marciaskillman@hotmail.com


Moderate hike to Giant Footprint Ruins

Beautiful hike near Jemez Springs to the top of the mesa. About 6-8 miles. The hike starts with a possible stream crossing and then a very steep climb of about 500 feet up an old road to the mesa top and then cross-country to the ruins. Great views from atop the mesa thru pine trees. Marcia Skillman, (505) 699-3008, marciaskillman@hotmail.com


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