About the Central New Mexico Group

The Central New Mexico Group of the Rio Grande Chapter covers the middle part of the state from east to west and includes Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Valencia County and Socorro. Our volunteer leaders are active in many areas, including protecting the Albuquerque Bosque and making sure Mayor Richard Berry’s “Rio Grande Vision” doesn’t disrupt the wild character of our natural urban escape.

We also advocate for better city energy policy and volunteer for pro-­environment candidates and recently returned a pro-­environment majority to the Albuquerque City Council. One example is our project related to the Sandoval County Oil & Gas Ordinance.

One of our community efforts is to highlight the works of local artists in our First Friday Arts series. Join us or stop by the office gallery. You will also be supporting the chapter with your purchases.

P.O. Box 25342
Albuquerque, NM 87125

Central New Mexico Executive Committee

Chair:  Fred Houdek, fjhoudek@gmail.com, 630.809.4234
Vice Chair:  Ray Shortridge, rsshortridge@gmail.com
Treasurer:  David Ther, grelbik@gmail.com
Secretary:  Heather Kline, heatherjkline78@gmail.com, 505.577.2798
Outings:  Odile de La Beaujardiere, odile@pitot.org, 505.433.469
Carol Chamberland, pictografix@comcast.net
Mark Rudd, mark@markrudd.com
Peter Kelling, cloudsandwater@juno.com

Other contacts

Political Chair: Richard Barish, richardbarish@gmail.com
First Friday Art: Heather Kline, heatherjkline78@gmail.com, 505.577.2798
Volunteer Coordinator: Lauren Komnick, sierraclubriogrande@gmail.com, 315.272.7317
Tabling Scheduling: Patty Duncan, pgnm@comcast.com,
Volunteer Wednesdays
Wildlife: Leslie Chavez, chavezles99@gmail.com
Sierra Military Outings: Terry Owen, teowen@q.com, 504.301.4349
UNM Sierra Student Coalition Co-presidents: Tom Bottomly, tbottomly@unm.edu, Keely Scheffler, kscheffler99@unm.edu
Bosque Action Team Chair: Richard Barish, richardbarish@gmail.com

Bosque Light Photo by John Fowler thought WikiMedia Commons

Central New Mexico news

Happy Birthday Excursiones!

Happy Birthday Excursiones!
Excursiones a la Naturaleza de Nuevo Mexico is a year old, and we will be celebrating later this month with a Dia de Campo!  ... Read More

First Friday Arts – June 2018

First Friday Arts – June 2018
Please join the Sierra Club in welcoming back Eliza Schmid for our June 2018 First Friday art opening. The show will be primarily egg tempera paintings, both landscapes and scenes with humorous content ... Read More

Bosquitos outings – Spring 2018

Bosquitos outings – Spring 2018
Our next gathering will be at Open Space on June 2. In a very peaceful and beautiful setting, come learn about all things bees and become a temporary member of the Council of All Beings ... Read More

Sierra Club & (root) beer – Friday, May 4

Sierra Club & (root) beer – Friday, May 4
Join us Friday May 4 for Sierra Club and Root Beer this Friday with Carlos Bustos, Water Conservation Program manager for the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority ... Read More