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Columbine Hondo Hike on August 25, 2012

Saturday August 25 Moderate Sierra Club hike along the beautiful Goose Trail

Saturday July 25  Moderate Sierra Club hike along the beautiful Goose Creek Trail in the Columbine Hondo Wilderness Study Area near Red River.  Peggy Nelson, longtime local resident and activist will be our guest leader  on this exploratory outing into the eastern portion of this high mountain WSA, important for its watersheds and lush forests which we are working to protect.  Wildflowers should be splendid!

Preserving Columbine Hondo close to our hearts

The Taos News
Pennie Herrera Wardlow
Thu, 08/16/2012

As a member of the Arroyo Hondo Arriba Community Land Grant, I am writing to express my deepest thanks to Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall for introducing a bill which will forever protect our Columbine Hondo Wilderness from industrial development and motorized and mechanized use.

Alliance Hike Highlights Columbine-Hondo Area Near Taos

The Taos News
Mathew van Buren
Wed, 08/08/2012

A small group of hikers headed up Columbine Canyon July 21 with further protection for the area in mind.

The trail, which heads south from Columbine Canyon on State Highway 38, lies within the approximately 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Study Area. It has held “wilderness study area” status for about three decades, and local groups have been seeking permanent protection for the Columbine-Hondo.

Letter: Officially Wild

Santa Fe New Mexican
Sun, 06/17/2012

Hats off to Sen. Jeff Bingaman and Sen. Tom Udall for introducing a bill to permanently protect the Columbine Hondo Wilderness Study Area as wilderness. Hats off also to the community members known as the Columbine Hondo Wilderness Coalition, sportsmen's organizations, environmental organizations, guides and outfitters, grazing permitees, acequia associations and especially the community of Taos for coming together and serving as an example to the world in expressing how important it is to protect our wild places.

Senator Bingaman Introduces Columbine Hondo Wilderness Act

Taos News
Matthew van Buren
Tue, 05/08/2012

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-NM, has introduced legislation to create the 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Area.

The Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act, S. 2468, would grant permanent wilderness protection to the area, located near the Wheeler Peak Wilderness in the Carson National Forest. The Columbine-Hondo was designated a "Wilderness Study Area" in 1980 and managed as a wilderness area since. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, cosponsored the legislation to give the Columbine-Hondo full wilderness status.

Preserving wilderness the right thing to do

Santa Fe New Mexican
Sat, 05/05/2012

Sportsmen and conservationists alike are applauding the news that their long-held dream of preserving some of New Mexico's most rugged wilderness is one step closer to reality. 

Bingaman proposes protecting 46,000 acres in N.M.

Greenwire/E&E News
Phil Taylor
Mon, 04/30/2012

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) late last week introduced a bill to designate 45,000 acres of wilderness in northern New Mexico, a move he said enjoys nearly unanimous local support.

New Bill To Permanently Protect Columbine Hondo Area

Sen. Bingaman’s legislation hailed by diverse local coalition
Fri, 04/27/2012

Senator Bingaman today introduced S. 2468, the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act, to permanently protect the 45,000-acre Columbine Hondo Wilderness Study Area.  The legislation was praised by a coalition of New Mexicans who have been working for years to see this wild land preserved.

Unified front for Columbine-Hondo Area near Taos

The Taos News
Matt van Buren
Fri, 04/13/2012


Residents and officials from around Taos County gathered Tuesday (April 10) to celebrate a proposal that would give full-fledged wilderness protection to the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Study Area while also creating new cycling opportunities nearby.

The Columbine-Hondo, which sits between the Latir and Wheeler Peak wildernesses and includes Lobo Peak, Gold Hill and Flag Mountain, gained “wilderness study area” status three decades ago.

Coalition Pushing for Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Designation

KUNM Public Radio
Sidsel Overgaard
Tue, 03/20/2012

For the last several years a diverse coalition has been working quietly to lay the groundwork for a new Wilderness Area near Taos. With New Mexico’s senior Senator and long-time wilderness advocate, Jeff Bingaman, set to retire soon, the group recently took its campaign public. KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard headed north to find out more.

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