50th Anniversary of Wilderness Act celebrated with National Wilderness Conference Oct. 15-19

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By Norma McCallan, Chapter vice chair
As you may know, this year is the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act, in 1964.

There are many celebrations going on around the country, but Albuquerque was chosen from among about a dozen other cities to be the site for the National Wilderness Conference. It will take place at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Albuquerque Oct. 15-19.


Could Game Commission block wolf release?

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By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife chair
Despite overwhelming popular support for wolves not only at recent hearings but in polling, the New Mexico Game Commission is considering a rule change to give itself authority to prohibit the release, importation or holding of any predatory animal for the purpose of reintroduction.


Crunch time for Mexican gray wolf

By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife Chair
On Aug. 13 in Truth or Consequences, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service held the last of two hearings for its new proposals governing Mexican wolf reintroduction. The other was in Pinetop, Ariz. At both hearings wolf supporters outnumbered detractors by a ratio of 2 to 1 in the random draw to select people to testify. This ratio mirrors the overwhelming public support wolves enjoy.


Taos Water Sentinels wrap up river-monitoring season

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By Eric Patterson, Water Sentinels — Rios de Taos
Water Sentinels — Rios de Taos completed its third and last regularly scheduled water monitoring of the season on Sept. 9.


New Mexico Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production

Rio Grande Chapter Energy Team chair Denise Fort and team member Verne Loose, an energy economist, did a study of the economics of oil and gas drilling in New Mexico and found that, despite common claims from industry, New Mexico's oil and gas companies are not generally smaller or less able to operate under common-sense regulations like the "Pit Rule" that safeguard our water and air from contamination.

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Election boot camp with Commissioner Holian and former Mayor Coss

Do you want to make a difference this November by helping elect candidates who will make New Mexico a better place for us all?

This two-and-a-half-hour training will teach you best tactics for winning elections.

We'll hear from Santa Fe County Commissioner Kathy Holian and former Mayor David Coss, veteran campaign managers and practiced canvassers. We'll discuss the latest data on what really turns voters out. And we'll have a chance to practice these techniques to prepare you to be an effective campaigner this fall.

WHEN: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11


Take Action: NM Game Commission may try to stop federal wolf reintroduction

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The cancelled Aug. 21 New Mexico Game Commission meeting has been rescheduled but they are still planning to discuss and may vote on a rule change that could threaten the recovery of endangered Mexican wolves.

The proposal would give the state Game Commission excessive authority to approve any application for the possession, use, release or importation of wolves or any predatory animals for the purpose of recovery, reintroduction, conditioning, establishment or reestablishment in New Mexico.

The rescheduled Game Commission meeting:


September 2014 Outings

Outing sign-up is by contact with leader. You’ll need to sign a waiver that the leader will provide. Dogs allowed as noted. Trips are normally FREE (pay when carpooling) and open to non-members (spread the word!), though we do like it if you join the Club to increase our local and national clout.

There are many, many outings, click headline above or "Read More" below to see them!

September


Be a voice for Mexican wolves

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July 15, 2014
Wolves need you to speak out at public hearings to save them from extinction.

The Fish and Wildlife Service will soon be releasing the Draft Environmental Impact statement for new rule changes that will determine the future of our Lobos. There are only 83 wolves in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona, and the proposed rules will likely have provisions that make it easier to kill them and dim their chances for recovery. There should be some good provisions too that need to be supported.


Progress on the Los Alamos Ban the Bag campaign

By Jody Benson, Pajarito Group newsletter editor, 06/30/14

How are we progressing with the Bag Ban?


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