About the Northern New Mexico Group

The Northern New Mexico Group is one of five regional groups within the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club.

We cover all of Northern New Mexico except for the Los Alamos area and work on projects ranging from a successful campaign to ban the plastic bag in Santa Fe to curtailing oil and gas exploration and pipelines near Chaco Canyon National Historical Park, forest health, protection of roadless areas adjacent to the Pecos Wilderness, and work for local and statewide candidates at election time.

We are also publish the 8th edition of the popular Day Hikes in the Santa Fe Area guidebook.

For outings, please visit the calendar or the Meetup group. 

Contact Us

Executive Committee
Chair: Teresa Seamster, 505.­466.­8964, tc.seamster@gmail.com
Vice chair: Tom Gorman, 505.­438.­3932, gormantd@gmail.com
Treasurer: Jim Baker, 505.­473­.0457, bakerjim.sw@gmail.com
Jan Cohen (Wildlife): lunatychstudio@yahoo.com
Patricia Cordona (Energy & PNM),  patriciacardona24@yahoo.com
Alice Cox (Membership): 505­.780­.5122, auntiealice@cybermesa.com
Sandrine Gaillard (Energy & Solar), sandrine.gaillard@gmail.com or www.GoSolarNowNM.info 
Jim Klukkert (Environmental Justice), 505.577.2483, jimklukkert@yahoo.com 
Paul Paryski (Water), pparyski@aol.com
Shane Woolbright (Energy & PNM), 405­.323­.2569, mesoinc@hotmail.com

Chair: Tom Gorman
Public lands: Tom Gorman; Teresa Seamster
Water: John Buchser, 505.­231.­6645, jbuchser@comcast.net; Paul Paryski
Wildlife: Teresa Seamster; Jan Cohen
Zero Waste: Joe Eigner, joseigner@gmail.com; Karen Sweeney,  ksweeney99@comcast.net
Energy Team: Shane Woolbright, 505.­474­.2870, mesoinc@hotmail.com; Patricia Cordona; Sandrine Gaillard 

Other responsibilities
Chapter Representative: Tom Gorman
Membership: Alice Cox
Volunteers: Open
Office: Jerry Knapczyk,  jknapczyk@yahoo.com 
Outings Co-­chairs: Tobin Oruch, 505.­690.6253, tobin.oruch@yahoo.com; Alan Shapiro, 505­.424­.9242, nm5s@yahoo.com
Political: Susan Martin, 505­.988­.5206, smartin31@comcast.net
Publicity: Open
Book Sales: Janet Peacock 505­.988­.8929, sfdayhikes@gmail.com 
Sales backup: Ann Anthony, anrascal@gmail.com, 795.­7472. Book mailings: Gail Bryant, 505.­ 757­.6654
Nominating Committee: Open
Youth involvement: Open

Regional Contacts
Las Vegas: Joann Sprenger, 505.­454­.0551, gisprenger@cybermesa.com
Farmington: Art Jaquez, 505.­360­.0176, artjaquez2@gmail.com
Taos: Eric Patterson, 575­.776­.2833 eepatt@gmail.com

Header photo by Ron Reiring, available at Flickr

Northern New Mexico News

National Public Lands Day, September 30

National Public Lands Day, September 30

Celebrate National Public Lands Day on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) Saturday, September 30, by volunteering to work on popular multi-use trails that need a little TLC.  ...
Sierra Club Fall Talk – Wednesday, September 6

Sierra Club Fall Talk – Wednesday, September 6

You’re invited to a fall series of presentations & discussions related to our Northern New Mexico Group priority environmental issues. September: Wildlife Wednesday, September 6, 6-8 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church Fellowship Hall
107 W. Barcelona Road, Santa Fe Our speakers will ...
Hop on board with Global Warming Express

Hop on board with Global Warming Express

You might have heard of Global Warming Express, the award-winning New Mexico program by and for kids that was the driving force behind bag-free Santa Fe and the Acequia Madre solar shade structure; maybe you saw these kids testify at ...
Seeking student Water Sentinels

Seeking student Water Sentinels

By Eric Patterson Water Sentinels — Rios de Taos has been awarded a grant to encourage student participation in water-monitoring activities and the general environmental activities of Sierra Club. We will continue to work with Taos High School students — ...
Hope for slashing methane waste

Hope for slashing methane waste

By Camilla Feibelman, 
Chapter director Common-sense, climate-protecting methane rules have been targeted as the next victim of an obscure tool that President Trump and congressional Republicans have used to revoke stream protections and other air and water safeguards. But the ...
Kit Carson Electric Co-op aims for 100% solar on sunny days

Kit Carson Electric Co-op aims for 100% solar on sunny days

By Bob Bresnahan, 
Kit Carson board, Renewable Taos Taos-based Kit Carson Electric Cooperative and Guzman Renewable Energy Partners will build 30 one-megawatt solar arrays around Kit Carson’s service area over the next six years. Kit Carson CEO Luis Reyes and ...