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ACTION ALERT: Tell the City to Stop Bulldozing the Bosque


By Richard Barish, Bosque Issues chair, Central New Mexico Sierra Club, February 15, 2015

Early this week, the City of Albuquerque began plowing a trail through the Bosque with no notice to the public or comment taken.

A 6-foot-wide trail has been bladed and leveled from Central to I-40, impacting the most sensitive riverfront part of the ecosystem.

Tell the city: Don't bulldoze the Bosque and our trust!

Despite repeated efforts to meet with Mayor Richard Berry and his staff, Bosque advocates have received no response.

Visit to Bulldozed Area of Bosque

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The Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter and Bosque Action Team will visit the area affected by bulldozing by the City this Sunday, February, 15, 2015 at 3pm.

What: Visit to Bulldozed Area of the Bosque

Where: Parking area, North of Central, East of the River.

When: Sunday, February 15th, 3pm

Contact: Camilla Feibelman, 505.715.8388

City Bulldozes the Bosque and Public Trust


February 12, 2015 by Richard Barish

Albuquerque, NM - On Monday the Bosque Action Team received maps of three different options for trails in the Bosque, part of a public process on how to restore and formalize trails in the Bosque. On Tuesday the City of Albuquerque had bladed a 6-foot-wide trail through the Bosque. Members of the Bosque Action Team, who had been working with the City in a productive public participation process, were stunned by the move.

JOIN Lands, Water and Wildlife Day at the Roundhouse

Protect our Wildlife

Whether your passion is wildlands, water, wildlife or climate change, we need YOU at the Roundhouse.

Citizen lobbyists can make a real difference this year on issues ranging from coyote-killing contests and preserving the free-flowing Gila River to maintaining solar energy in New Mexico and protecting the rights of those who live near industrial dairies. (Read more about important environmental legislation here.)

Open-space plan takes shape in Los Alamos County

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By Craig Martin, January 15, 2015

The proposed Open Space System incorporates lands currently identified under county ordinance, the zoning-overlay Public Land (Wilderness-1), and several small parcels through which county trails pass. The proposal would simply identify this land as open space.

It creates a unified system of Green Space that connects the lower canyons with the foothills and mountains of the Santa Fe National Forest.

The proposed system would protect:
• Vistas and viewpoints that form the backdrop to life in Los Alamos;

Wilderness 50 celebration a wild success

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By Victoria Regina

October 15 through the 19 were some “wild days” for Albuquerque. The 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act was celebrated with a conference and the Get Wild Festival.

The Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter played a major role in the festivities. The conference and festival were attended by more than 1,200 people from all over the world.

Dustin Chavez-Davis, Sierra Club Our Wild America associate organizing representative, and volunteer Peggy Norton took about 30 people on bike trips to the Rio Grande Bosque on Oct. 15 and 19.

Pipeline proposed near Chaco

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By Teresa Seamster, Northern New Mexico Group Co-Chair, December 15, 2014

In July, a Colorado-based company filed an application to build 140 miles of pipeline across federal, state, Navajo, and private land in the San Juan Basin of New Mexico. The Piñon Pipeline would carry 50,000 barrels of oil per day, more than four times current production.

Columbine-Hondo, Valles Caldera bills pass


By Teresa Seamster, December 15, 2014

In December, the U.S. Congress approved the transfer of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service as part of the Defense Authorization Bill during the lame-duck session of Congress.

The Valles Caldera would have otherwise reverted in 2020 to general U.S. Forest Service land with no dedicated staff or budget if Congress had not acted to locate the preserve within the National Park Service. The Columbine-Hondo in Northern New Mexico was also declared a Wilderness Area, protecting 45,000 acres.

All about the BLM and how to make a difference on our public lands

The Bureau of Land Management's public process is one of the most effective ways we can influence wildlife management, oil and gas drilling and protection of special sites on public land. But how does it work, and how can you make a difference? Ever wonder what NEPA, ACEC and other BLM-related terms mean? Join us Saturday and find out.

Jennifer Montoya of the BLM's Las Cruces office has kindly agreed to come to El Paso on Saturday, Dec. 13, to explain the BLM's mandate and how stakeholders, not just the Sierra Club, can engage the agency.

Sierra Club & Beers: Cibola Forest: Wilderness in Your Back Yard.

Thursday, December 11th
The Sierra Club presents

Sierra Club & Beers: Cibola Forest: Wilderness in Your Back Yard.

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