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‘Once a wilderness is lost, it is lost forever’

The Taos News
Eric E. Patterson
Thu, 12/01/2011

The article by Matt van Buren on the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Study Area in The Taos News (Nov. 17) really struck a nerve.

Almost 40 years ago, when I was teaching at Taos High School, I went backpacking for the first time with two good friends who were very expe­rienced and capable hikers.

We went up Long Canyon and camped overnight at Goose Lake.

Seeking wilderness status for 46,000 acres near Taos

The Taos News
Matthew van Buren
Thu, 11/17/2011

A coalition of citizens and organizations is calling for the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Study Area to receive official wilderness designation.

My turn: Thanks for the federal conservation bill’s return

The Taos News
Esther Garcia
Mon, 04/11/2011

Meeting with a group of second-graders is not a regular part of my daily schedule but earlier this year, I did just that.

The children had been learning about our government, and their teacher had them write me letters with suggestions on how to make our community a better place.

Sitting down with them at a local bookstore, I got a chance to hear what was on their minds. "Wish lists" included things like a skate park, a swimming pool, and a zoo.

Outdoor Initiative Increases Our Opportunities

The Santa Fe New Mexican
The New Mexican
Fri, 09/17/2010

This spring, President Barack Obama created the America's Great Outdoors Initiative. This weekend leaders from the Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency met with New Mexicans in Albuquerque to learn about our views of this program. This is my viewpoint on this issue.

State pushes to protect wild lands

The Santa Fe New Mexican
Staci Matlock
Fri, 08/13/2010

New Mexico has joined a dozen other states in promoting roadless areas in national forests that are protected by a controversial national 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule.

The rule, which protects 58 million acres around the country, was overturned by former President George Bush in 2005. Legislation has been proposed in Congress to make the rule law.

NEW MEXICO VOTERS ACROSS POLITICAL SPECTRUM AGREE: OUR PUBLIC LANDS ARE ESSENTIAL TO OUR ECONOMY

NEW SURVEY FINDS NEW MEXICO VOTERS SUPPORT UPHOLDING ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO-The results from the 2012 Colorado College State of the Rockies Conservation in the West poll find that New Mexico voters across the political spectrum – from Tea Party supporters to those who identify with the Occupy Wall Street movement and voters in-between – support upholding protections for clean air, clean water, natural areas and wildlife. Voters view New Mexico’s parks and public lands as essential to their state’s economy, and quality of life.

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