The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club is a volunteer-led organization representing more than 7,000 members in New Mexico and West Texas. Our mission to is to explore, enjoy and protect the planet, and we prioritize action on protecting our climate, clean air, clean water, and conservation of wildlife and public lands in New Mexico and West Texas.

The Rio Grande Chapter was founded in 1963 and originally included New Mexico and all of Texas. In 1965, the Lone Star Chapter was formed. Lone Star encompasses all of Texas except for El Paso, Hudspeth and Culberson counties, which stayed with Rio Grande to this day.

Four regional groups make up the chapter:

  • Northern New Mexico Group
  • Central New Mexico Group
  • Southern New Mexico Group
  • El Paso Group

Each group has at least one representative on the chapter Executive Committee, which is made up of volunteers elected by members. To see the makeup of the Executive Committee or to contact a chapter leader, please click here.

The Executive Committee meets in person three times yearly to set priorities, vote on political endorsements and make decisions on budget and hiring of staff. The chapter currently employs four full­-time employees and one part-­time employee.

For more information, please contact Chapter Director Camilla Feibelman at camilla.feibelman@sierraclub.org or 505-­715­-8388.

Featured photo of sandhill cranes by Justine Belson, USFWS from Pixnio 


News from around the chapter

Sacrifice Zone – What is it?

The New Mexico Environment Department denied a permit for a concrete batch plant on the State Highway 220 corridor due to local opposition and potential endangerment of health and lives. The Environmental Improvement Board, in a complete disregard for the ...

New Staff Bios

We bid farewell to Mona Blaber and Luis Guerrero, and welcome to Caroline Funk and Melissa Bernardin ...

Seasonal contamination found in Upper Pecos River

For years, northern group volunteers have been monitoring four key sites on the Pecos River from Willow Creek tributary – that flows through the old Tererro Mine reclamation property – 14 miles down to the town of Pecos. Last year ...

Ordinance Prohibiting Single-use Plastics Passes!

On March 26th, Santa Fe County passed and ordinance prohibiting the use of single-use plastic and expanded polystyrene products in Santa Fe County ...