Executive Director, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
A broad-based coalition of conservationists, sportsmen, businesses and pueblos continues to build public support for protecting 120,000 acres of roadless areas adjacent to the existing Pecos Wilderness.
This citizen proposal seeks to permanently protect these special areas from commercial development and extractive industry through federal legislation through a combination of Wilderness and Special Management Area designations.
The proposal area includes federal public lands within the Santa Fe and Carson National Forests in five counties. County commissions in Santa Fe and San Miguel have already passed resolutions in support as have Picuris, Nambe, Pojoaque, Taos and Okay Owingeh pueblos. We are currently working with communities in Taos County and hope to gain the support of the Taos County Commission in late summer. The campaign’s moto is “safeguarding our watersheds, protecting traditions.”
Thanks to Sierra Club members for their steadfast support. You can learn more at www.nmwild.org.
Featured image: Nambé Lake in the Pecos