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: How to help good candidates win!

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:


A membership moment – please take a minute to consider your Sierra Club membership

Takota, a Golden Eagle from the El Paso Zoo at the Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta in 2010 by Rick LoBello

I have always admired and respected the Sierra Club. When I worked in the national parks we all heard the story of John Muir and I can really relate to what he said in The Yosemite in 1912… "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike."


Be a voice for Mexican wolves

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July 15, 2014
Wolves need you to speak out at public hearings to save them from extinction.

The Fish and Wildlife Service will soon be releasing the Draft Environmental Impact statement for new rule changes that will determine the future of our Lobos. There are only 83 wolves in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona, and the proposed rules will likely have provisions that make it easier to kill them and dim their chances for recovery. There should be some good provisions too that need to be supported.


Gila National Forest releases vehicle-management plan

The areas in pink are within one mile of a road.

By Donna Stevens, Upper Gila Watershed Alliance, 07/01/14
After years of delays, the Gila National Forest finally released its much-anticipated Travel Management Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision on June 11.
When the decision is implemented in 2015, it will prohibit driving off-road. This in itself is a huge step toward protecting natural resources and is long overdue.


How to help wildlife through the human zone

This bobcat kitten was brought to the Wildlife Center from a backyard.

By Katherine Eagleson, Wildlife Center, Española, 06/30/14

In the United States we have done a pretty good job of saving scenic places. A lot of wildlife lives in those places.

But when a drought lingers year after year and depletes food sources, or a wildfire burns the habitat to dirt, or maybe it’s just time for the youngsters to move out, make a life of their own, spread the gene pool, how do we accommodate wild animals’ need to move?

Badly, that’s how we have done it so far. We have not planned well to give wildlife the corridors they need to move safely between habitats. We have also misled the public by giving the impression that wildlife managers can collect wildlife from backyards and parks and homeowners’ association properties and transport them to some wilderness nirvana.


Water advocates shut out of dairy talks

Aerial view of dairy in Anthony, N.M.

A version of the following article, written by the Citizens Coalition — Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, Amigos Bravos and Socially Responsible Agricultural Project and New Mexico Environmental Law Center — ran in the New Mexico Mercury in June.
Less than four weeks into her governorship, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez had to be reminded by the New Mexico Supreme Court that “Nobody is above the law.” The reason: the governor had tried to prevent recently approved dairy rules, among other new environmentally protective rules, from going into effect.


Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks designated a national monument

Organ Mountains by Mike Groves

By Dustin Chavez-Davis, Our Wild America associate organizing representative 06.30.14

On May 21, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation that designated New Mexico’s Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as our country’s newest national monument.


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