Wilderness 50 celebration a wild success

Pecos wilderness sign

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.

Returning the wolf to Texas

Wolf sign

By Rick LoBello, El Paso Group, January 14, 2015

Less than 100 yards from my office at the El Paso Zoo, every day I am reminded of one of the most important missing links in the Chihuahuan Desert eco-region, a wild predator that we all know as a symbol of wilderness and as an important apex predator, the gray wolf, or Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi).

New Fish and Wildlife Rule would harm wolves


By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife chair, January 14, 2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) regarding rule changes to Mexican wolf reintroduction is the last step in a tortuously long process that began with scoping hearings in 2007 and progressed to even more hearings this year and last about the draft proposals.

Rio Grande Chapter activists and our allies have participated at every step along the way — sending in thousands of comments and attending hearings in person by the hundreds.

Research shows killing wolves hurts livestock

Wolf1 © 2006 Larry Allen

By Mary Katherine Ray, January 14, 2015

New research finds that killing wolves to prevent livestock depredation in the Northern Rockies is counterproductive.

State Game Commission meddles to thwart wolf


By Mary Katherine Ray, January 14, 2015

Despite hundreds of email protests and many in the hearing room, the New Mexico Game Commission has inserted itself into endangered-species recovery by giving itself authority to deny permits for holding and release of mammalian carnivores on private land for the purpose of recovery and reintroduction.

Legislation for wildlife

Coyote Trapped

By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife Chair, January 14, 2015

Trapping season has begun again in New Mexico. It is a winter pastime because that is when the fur of animals like bobcats, foxes and coyotes is thickest and worth the most money.

Chapter director’s column: Victories come from determination


By Camilla Feibelman, January 15, 2015

I hope that each of you took some serious time to rest during the holiday season and recoup your energies, because the environment is going to need you more than ever next year.

El Paso Group Endorses Franklin Mountains Conservation Petition Calling for Saving Land on Both Sides of the Franklin Mountains

Map of City Owned Land Included in Petition

The Sierra Club El Paso Group has endorsed the Franklin Mountains Conservation Petition calling for Saving land on both sides of the Franklin Mountains. The petition asks the El Paso City Council to pass the following ordinance:


4-8 p.m. Sunday, December 7, 2014
Tortuga Gallery, 901 Edith Boulevard Southeast Albuquerque, NM, 87102 United States

Hard to believe but nearly a year has gone by since our first Bosque Bash. Because of your passion and commitment we have made tremendous strides in keeping our beloved Bosque a natural wonder. Join us on Sunday December 7th at Tortuga Gallery (901 Edith Blvd SE) for another joyous evening of food, fun, family, community…and of course great music, including Sage & Jared’s Happy Gland Band, Sweet Spot, Throw the Temple, Cali Shaw and more!!! Start time TBD.

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


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.

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