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As Cibola National Forest overhauls its outdated management plan, we are working to protect the wildest areas in this distinctive series of “sky islands.”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.
- Monday, March 20, 2017
The state of New Mexico has sold 4 million acres of state trust lands to private interests and extractive industries, some of which endanger the health, environment, and economy of local communities, according to a report released this week by The Wilderness Society.
- Friday, March 17, 2017
The most recent paper, “Wild, connected, and diverse: building a more resilient system of protected areas,” will be published in Ecological Applications, a journal of the Ecological Society of America.
Authors: R. Travis Belote, Matthew S. Dietz, Clinton N. Jenkins, Peter S. McKinley, G. Hugh Irwin, Timothy J. Fullman, Jason C. Leppi, Gregory H. Aplet.
- Friday, March 17, 2017
“It’s fitting for President Trump to release his budget in March, because this is simply madness,” said Cam Witten, Government Relations and Budget Specialist at The Wilderness Society.