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, echidnaejb@gmail.com, (505) 662-4782
Howard Barnumhnbarnum@aol.com
Iris Chungitlchung@hotmail.com
Michael DiRosamddbbm@gmail.com, (505) 663-0648
Nona Girardinonamg@aol.com

Committee Chairs

Treasurer: Mark JonesJonesmm1@comcast.net, (505) 662-9443
Conservation; Outings, Leadership Training: Michael DiRosamddbbm@gmail.com, (505) 663-0648
Global Warming: Charles Kelleralfanso@cybermesa.com, (505) 662-7915
Mining: David Torneydtorney@valornet.com(575) 829-3433
Newsletter Editor, Publicity, Sprawl, Transportation, Endangered Species/Wildlife: Jody Bensonechidnaejb@gmail.com(505) 662-4782
Open Spaces, Caldera Issues: Howard Barnumhnbarnun@aol.com
Water Issues: Barbara Calefbfcalef@yahoo.com(505) 662-3825

Mailing address

520 Navajo Road, Los Alamos, NM, 87544

Pajarito Platuea photo by Mark Kaletka.

News from the Pajarito group

Photo of bear for article on in Sierra Club Rio Grande website on Game Commission rule changes for carnivores

Preventive action reduces bear encounters

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Sandoval County  oil and gas ordinance

Sandoval County oil and gas ordinance

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Water is life - discussion & film

Water is life – discussion & film

Join us at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center on April 4 for film and discussion about our most precious resource ...
Los Alamos County joins municipal power system

Los Alamos County joins municipal power system

Los Alamos, with its own municipally owned utilities, is a member of the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, a not-for-profit consortium for providing comprehensive wholesale electricity to community-owned power systems throughout the Intermountain West. Of the 47 communities, Los Alamos ...
Volunteering on the Trails at Bandelier

Volunteering on the Trails at Bandelier

Join the gang of dedicated volunteers to help Bandelier Trail Boss Kevin Stallman to rebuild trails destroyed by fires and floods ...
Collect and analyze campaign messages

Collect and analyze campaign messages

Are you furious over some the campaign calls or mailings you’ve been receiving? At the least, we can keep a record. New Mexico In Depth has created a site to collect and analyze campaign messages in the election: Follow the Message. Please participate ...