We are dedicated to ensuring that development, oil and gas drilling, mining and other threats don’t fragment the state’s natural wonders, which would damage wildlife habitat and hurt local economies.
Some of the wildest land left in the Rocky Mountain West is in New Mexico, but only about two percent of the state is protected as federally designated wilderness. Among areas especially in need of protection, the Rio Grande Watershed—a cornerstone of the state’s ecology, culture and economy—is likely to be hit hard by drought and other effects of climate change in the years ahead.
The Wilderness Society will work works with partners to protect New Mexico wildlands, wildlife habitat and sites of cultural value from intrusive development while helping to guide renewable energy development away from sensitive areas.
Areas of focus:
Despite the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks national monument designation, this stunning area’s landscape, wildlife, cultural landmarks and pockets of solitude—remains vulnerable. We are working to protect wilderness in this treasured landscape.
The Rio Grande del Norte region of northern New Mexico is at the heart of one of the oldest continually inhabited landscapes on the continent, and deserves the highest level of protection from development.
Otero Mesa is a biologically-diverse remnant of wild Chihuahuan desert with an enduring connection to Native American tribes. We are working to secure critical protections from oil and gas drilling, mining and other threats that threaten the area and its wildlife.
As Cibola National Forest overhauls its outdated management plan, we are working to protect the wildest areas in this distinctive series of “sky islands.”
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Learn more about issues affecting the places we work to protect with our Notes from the Field.
Stay current on legislation moving in Congress, issues affecting wilderness and wilderness designation campaigns with our Notes from the Hill.
Find fact sheets, reports and other resources related to wilderness policy and conservation.
- Thursday, October 19, 2017
The U.S. Senate today failed to remove a provision for its budget resolution that is designed to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling after decades of bipartisan support
- Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, issued this statement:
“We are saddened by the passing of Bill Turnage earlier this week. Bill served as executive director of The Wilderness Society from 1978 to 1986, a transformative period in our organization’s history.
- Friday, October 13, 2017
The Wilderness Society commends Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Congressman Salud Carbajal (D-CA 24) for their courage and foresight in seeking protections for wildlands stretching across California’s rugged and scenic Central Coast. At a time when America’s shared public lands are under attack, these leaders are taking action to preserve critical natural resources, native plant and wildlife habitat, and access to nature for generations to come.