50th Anniversary of Wilderness Act celebrated with National Wilderness Conference Oct. 15-19

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By Norma McCallan, Chapter vice chair
As you may know, this year is the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act, in 1964.

There are many celebrations going on around the country, but Albuquerque was chosen from among about a dozen other cities to be the site for the National Wilderness Conference. It will take place at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Albuquerque Oct. 15-19.


Could Game Commission block wolf release?

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By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife chair
Despite overwhelming popular support for wolves not only at recent hearings but in polling, the New Mexico Game Commission is considering a rule change to give itself authority to prohibit the release, importation or holding of any predatory animal for the purpose of reintroduction.


Will dairy industry get carte blanche to pollute water?

By Dan Lorimier, chapter conservation coordinator
Since 2009 the Rio Grande Chapter, along with allies like Amigos Bravos and represented by Jon Block of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, has struggled to protect groundwater by helping develop discharge rules for the dairy industry here. These new rules were adopted by the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) in 2010, but Gov. Susana Martinez tried to block their publication as her first act when she took office in 2011. Subsequently, the courts told the governor that she would have to obey the law and the rules were published.


Crunch time for Mexican gray wolf

By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife Chair
On Aug. 13 in Truth or Consequences, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service held the last of two hearings for its new proposals governing Mexican wolf reintroduction. The other was in Pinetop, Ariz. At both hearings wolf supporters outnumbered detractors by a ratio of 2 to 1 in the random draw to select people to testify. This ratio mirrors the overwhelming public support wolves enjoy.


October-November-December outings and hikes for New Mexico and West Texas

Redondo Peak hike in September

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Saturday, Oct. 4: Strenuous hike to Trampas and Hidden Lakes, 14 miles and 2,700-foot elevation gain. Early start. Two or three dogs OK. Larry, lorenz.hughes@gmail.com (505) 913-0589


Summer Outings Sharing Time and "Another Open Space Lost - ?" Presentation Planned for September 24

El Paso Group Chair Laurence Gibson invites all to the Singapore Cafe Wednesday, September 24 at 6pm for dinner on your own and a 7pm program of summer outings pictures. Carol Miller will make a short presentation called "Another Open Space Lost - ?" and will be bringing maps and handouts including petitions.

Another Open Space Lost - ?
by Carol Miller


Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter PAC Fundraiser

Featuring special guest U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and the beautiful view!

5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12
Home of Judy Williams and Elliot Stern
Suggested contribution: $50 per person
RSVP: smartin31@comcast.net, 505-670-3279

Hosts:
David Coss
Susan and Richard Martin
Norma McCallan

The Rio Grande Chapter PAC has a stellar track record at getting pro-environment candidates elected using grassroots strategizing and its unparalleled volunteer power.

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Election boot camp with Commissioner Holian and former Mayor Coss

Do you want to make a difference this November by helping elect candidates who will make New Mexico a better place for us all?

This two-and-a-half-hour training will teach you best tactics for winning elections.

We'll hear from Santa Fe County Commissioner Kathy Holian and former Mayor David Coss, veteran campaign managers and practiced canvassers. We'll discuss the latest data on what really turns voters out. And we'll have a chance to practice these techniques to prepare you to be an effective campaigner this fall.

WHEN: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11


Take Action: NM Game Commission may try to stop federal wolf reintroduction

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The cancelled Aug. 21 New Mexico Game Commission meeting has been rescheduled but they are still planning to discuss and may vote on a rule change that could threaten the recovery of endangered Mexican wolves.

The proposal would give the state Game Commission excessive authority to approve any application for the possession, use, release or importation of wolves or any predatory animals for the purpose of recovery, reintroduction, conditioning, establishment or reestablishment in New Mexico.

The rescheduled Game Commission meeting:


El Paso Group Endorses Franklin Mountains Conservation Petition Calling for Saving Land on Both Sides of the Franklin Mountains

Map of City Owned Land Included in Petition

The Sierra Club El Paso Group has endorsed the Franklin Mountains Conservation Petition calling for Saving land on both sides of the Franklin Mountains. The petition asks the El Paso City Council to pass the following ordinance:


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