San Juan Badlands

Chaco area safe while BLM does inventory

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By Norma McCallan, Chapter Public Lands Chair

The BLM’s Farmington District has worked out an ambitious plan to inventory it's landscape and use that information for planning in the upcoming public process to amend its dated 2003 Resource Management Plan (RMP).


Roller coaster for renewables

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By Mona Blaber, communications coordinator

Renewable energy’s wild ride started in January, with a move by industry players to reverse the renewable-energy rule that New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission had just passed in December 2012.

New Mexico Industrial Energy Consumers and other anti-renewables forces moved in just days after Commissioners Jason Marks and Doug Howe, who had worked to hold utilities accountable for complying with the state Renewable Energy Act, left office.

The saga of the important but complex renewables rule has lasted all year.


Volunteer! - Public Lands Activists wanted

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Public Lands activists: We need folks to work on forest off-road vehicle problems and
protection of the BLM Badlands in the San Juan Basin. Contact Tom Gorman at
438-3932 or Norma McCallan at nmccallan@mindspring.com.


San Juan Badlands - The Art of the Possible

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By Michael Ritchie

“The Art of the Possible” is a recent expression of that well-known axiom “think globally, act locally.” On the national level, political posturing and gridlock have halted any real solutions to America’s diverse problems. Understandably, many of us have transcended despair and graduated to numbness.


Coalition works to protect Badlands

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By Norma McCallan, Chapter Vice Chair

We are still awaiting publication of the new Resource Management Plan (RMP) from the Bureau of Land Management’s Rio Puerco office, which we expect will provide some protections for unique Badlands landscapes. It was first delayed last winter to incorporate Secretary Salazar’s Dec. 23, 2010, Order 3310. The order initiated a new wildlands policy for the BLM, whose ability to designate wilderness areas had been severely curtailed by an under-the-table deal during the Bush administration.


San Juan Basin Badlands Update

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Our intrepid Badlands explorer, Mike Richie, made a major effort in October and November to introduce these spectacular badlands to more individuals through a series of independent Saturday and Sunday hikes every weekend, drawing many newcomers as well as those already hooked by these other-worldly landscapes.


San Juan Basin Badlands Photo Sampler

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Check out this montage of photos from the San Juan Basin Badlands, located in northwestern New Mexico near Cuba. Also, we hope that you join us for the many tours of the area in October and November. Tour details are available at http://nmsierraclub.org/san-juan-badlands-basin-tours.


Outdoor Initiative Increases Opportunities

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This spring President Obama created the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. This weekend leaders from the Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency met with New Mexicans in Albuquerque to learn about our views of this program. This is my viewpoint on this issue.

  • We should all increase our use of the world-class outdoors opportunities that exist here in New Mexico.
  • The Federal government should provide new, expanded, and better protected public lands.
  • Increase opportunities for youth in the Great Outdoors.
  • Support local economies by investing in public lands.
  • Manage all public lands to comprehend climate change.

Chapter leads creation of San Juan Basin Badlands Coalition

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A coalition of environmental organizations is forming to protect the San Juan Basin Badlands. An initial meeting was held on June 15 that was attended by representatives of the Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, New Mexico Wilderness Association, Native Plant Society, BLM, Congressional staffers, and Michael Richie.


Farmington BLM Embraces Chapter’s Badlands Initiative

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Feb 2010 - Progress has been steady regarding the Rio Grande Chapter's efforts to protect the San Juan Basin Badlands. The most important new development is the Farmington BLM Field Office's enthusiastic endorsement of our San Juan Basin Badlands Initiative goals.


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