The importance of the Pecos

By Norma McCallan, Chapter Vice Chair

The 223,637 acres of the Pecos Wilderness, which straddles the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, have long been a key destination for locals and visitors alike, to hike, backpack, birdwatch, climb, fish, ride horses, take photos, hunt, or just relax and enjoy its peace and solitude.

Thank you, Margot Wilson!

By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife Chair

We wish Margot Wilson a relaxing and rewarding retirement! From forest-restoration projects to travel management plans to injudicious mining proposals to State Game Commission meetings, Margot Wilson has advocated for the outdoors, our wildlife, our water and our natural landscapes from low elevations to high for decades. And even when doing all that, she also led outings to so many special places across New Mexico.

“Save the Bag” comes to Los Alamos

By Jody Benson, Pajarito Group Newsletter Editor

If you have read comments in the Los Alamos Monitor, LADailypost.com, or savethebaglosalamos.blogspot.com, you have seen that well-meaning people are either uninformed, misinformed, or have been activated by the American Chemical Association (ACA) to fight a ban on the single-use disposable plastic shopping bag. An interesting assertion from the save-the-baggers is that bags aren’t a problem locally or globally, and there are no bags blowing around Los Alamos.

Sunshine on the Gila River process

Allyson Siwik, Chapter Executive Committee Gila Resources Information Project

The Wildlife (Killing) Committee

By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife Chair

Assault on Mining Act stalls in House

Allyson Siwik, Chapter Executive Committee, Gila Resources Information Project Director

Citizen activism averts threatening legislation

The 2015 New Mexico legislative session might have been contentious, but it was also marked by an encouraging — and successful — upswell in citizen engagement and by legislators who worked tirelessly to protect our air, land, water and wildlife.

With the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives seemingly intent on expressing an industry-profits-at-all-costs agenda, there were far more threats than opportunities for the environment. Yet several positive pieces of legislation passed, including extension of solar tax credits and a plan for a Rio Grande Trail.

Bosque blow-up

By Richard Barish, Bosque Issues Chair

Volunteers lead the way in Roundhouse, Bosque

By John Buchser, Rio Grande Chapter chair

Chaco Coalition challenges BLM

By Teresa Seamster
March 11, 2015, was 108 years to the day that President Theodore Roosevelt declared Chaco Canyon to be a historical monument in 1907. The threat to Chaco in that time was the looting of archaeological treasures and sacred artifacts. Today, it is ramped up oil and gas development, especially fracking and contaminated water supply.

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