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 email@example.com to get the volunteer alerts, or Jody Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, 505-715-8388.
Jody Benson, firstname.lastname@example.org, (505) 662-4782
Howard Barnum, email@example.com
Cheryl Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org, (505) 672-9655
Peggy Froelich, email@example.com
Nona Girardi, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carene Larmat, email@example.com, (505) 920-5675
Tom Ribe, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Mark Jones, Jonesmm1@comcast.net, (505) 662-9443
Bag Ban: Jody Benson, email@example.com, (505) 662-4782
Endangered species & wildlife: Cheryl Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org, (505) 672-9655
Global Warming: Charles Keller, email@example.com, (505) 662-7915
Newsletter Editor: Jody Benson, firstname.lastname@example.org, (505) 662-4782
Open Space: Howard Barnum, email@example.com
Valles Caldera Issues: Tom Ribe, firstname.lastname@example.org
Water Issues: Barbara Calef, email@example.com, (505) 662-3825
Zero Waste: Jemez Springs–Peggy Froelich, firstname.lastname@example.org and Los Alamos-Jody Benson, email@example.com
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.
Pajarito Platuea photo by Mark Kaletka.