About the Pajarito - Los Alamos Group

The Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club was established to protect the Valles Caldera from private developers. In 2015, the caldera was transferred to the National Park Service management, which should better protect the area. We continue to lobby for judicious management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve along with covering environmental issues in Los Alamos County and the Jemez­ Mountain area, including:

  • Reducing single-­use shopping bags in Los Alamos
  • Retaining open space
  • Working towards a sustainable Los Alamos

How you can make a difference

Join the volunteers helping to restore Bandelier trails destroyed in the Cerro Grande Fire and subsequent flooding. The work is appropriate for any age. Contact Kevin Stillman at kevin_stillman@nps.gov to get the volunteer alerts, or Jody Benson at echidnaejb@gmail.com

Letters to the editor reach thousands of people and are a great way to advocate for issues. Join our Rio Writers listserv or participate in Lunch and Learn workshops on effective letter-writing (by phone or in person). For either, contact camilla.feibelman@sierraclub.org, 505-715-8388.

Contact Us

Executive Committee

Chair:/Secretary: Jody Benson, echidanaejb@gmail.com(505) 662-4782
Howard Barnum, hnbarnum@aol.com
Cheryl Bell, bellrancho@gmail.com, 505/672-9655. 
Iris Chung, itlchung@hotmail.com
Michael DiRosa, mddbbm@gmail.com
Nona Girardi, nonamg@aol.com
Carene Larmat, carenelarmat@gmail.com, 505/920-5675

Committee Chairs

Bag Ban: Treasurer: Mark Jones, Jonesmm1@comcast.net, 505/662-9443
Conservation: Michael DiRosa, mddbbm@gmail.com
Global Warming: Charles Keller, alfanso@cybermesa.com, 505/662-7915
Mining: David Torney, dtorney@valornet.com, 575/829-3433 
Newsletter Editor, Publicity, Sprawl, Transportation, Endangered Species/Wildlife: Jody Benson, echidnaejb@gmail.com, 505/662-4782
Open Spaces, Caldera Issues: Howard Barnum, hnbarnun@aol.com
Political, Cool Cities, Membership: Mark Jones, jonesmm1@comcast.net, 505/662-9443
Water Issues: Barbara Calef, bfcalef@yahoo.com, 505/662-3825

Mailing address

520 Navajo Road, Los Alamos, NM, 87544

How to get involved at the Roundhouse

Democracy doesn’t end with the vote; it begins with the vote. If America is truly a representative democracy, our vote means that we have hired people to represent our values. Our responsibility is to learn how to communicate these values to our representatives. It’s tedious, seemingly futile work, but without our participation, our country will devolve into a plutocracy where the only squeaky wheels are owned by those who can afford to buy a network on which to squeak them.

Read Senator Peter Wirth’s Top 10 Tips for Citizen Advocacy at the New Mexico Legislature.

The Los Alamos County Senators are Richard Martinez and Carlos Cisneros. Our Representative is Stephanie Garcia Richard. Each of them welcomes constituent input.

Pajarito Platuea photo by Mark Kaletka.

News from the Pajarito group

Health Impact Reports from Oil & Gas Well Exposure

Health Impact Reports from Oil & Gas Well Exposure
The Navajo Nation Health Impact Report Summary on Oil & Gas Well Exposure is an environmental epidemiological report of how oil and gas development impacts the health of those living in the neighborhood.   ... Read More

State Trust Lands in the West

State Trust Lands in the West
42 million acres of western state trust lands are an important public resource. Trust land managers uphold the fiduciary purpose of these lands for the designated beneficiaries—primarily K-12 public schools—and ensure the long-term sustainability of the trust. Read the 2015 ... Read More

How to get involved at the Roundhouse

How to get involved at the Roundhouse
Democracy doesn't end with the vote; it begins with the vote. And your vote counts! Read Senator Peter Wirth's Top 10 Tips for Citizen Advocacy at the New Mexico Legislature ... Read More

Preventive action reduces bear encounters

Photo of bear for article on in Sierra Club Rio Grande website on Game Commission rule changes for carnivores
Most of us live in an urban-wildland interface so it's no longer possible for bears to have their own habitat and humans to have ours. We have to take the right steps to reduce human/bear interactions.  ... Read More
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