Western states are faced with multiple challenges this summer. As temperatures continue to rise, communities may be forced to choose between their dwindling water supply and their profitable oil and gas resources.
Good news! A handful of places have recently been named as new national monuments, including the stunning Rio Grande del Norte region. Spanning 240,000 acres in northern New Mexico, this area now protects the Rio Grande River, which provides water to downstream communities.
As of March 1, cuts – known as sequestration – will be affecting every federal agency, including the National Park Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Forest Service and other environmental agencies.
Westerners think that public lands in national parks, forests and wildlife refuges contribute to their quality of life as well as their state's economic prosperity, according to a recent poll by Colorado College.
In northern New Mexico is a gem known as Rio Grande del Norte - a region of wild lands that surround the Rio Grande River. Those who love this area have long been waiting for it to receive the protection it deserves.