Students join effort to protect wild land

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New Mexico is a wild place, but there’s no guarantee it will stay that way.
Outside factors like commercial interests and abusive recreation practices could destroy wild land, but it would remain untouched if it were declared official wilderness.

That’s the goal of the UNM Wilderness Alliance, said John Kavanaugh, president of the association.
“Wilderness is very much a citizen movement,” he said. “It’s people like the UNM Wilderness pushing for the designation, and that’s how we get these federal lands designated for wilderness.”

Wilderness titles keep land pristine by guaranteeing government protection for certain land areas. No motorized or wheeled vehicles, including mountain bikes, are allowed on protected areas. However, camping, hiking, rock climbing, bird watching and hunting are all activities that are allowed.