Contact Your Elected Officials

Please call or write our elected officials, urging them to introduce and support legislation that would permanently protect the entire Columbine Hondo WSA as a designated Wilderness Area, under the National Wilderness Preservation System.

Senator Tom Udall

110 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-3101
Phone – (202) 224-6621

Congressman Ben Ray Lujan
2446 Rayburn House Office Building,
Washington DC 20515-3103
Phone: (202) 225-6190 / Fax: (202) 226-1528
Senator Martin Heinrich
B40D Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5521 Fax: (202) 228-2842

Copy and paste this Sample Letter, edit as you see fit, and mail one copy to each of the Elected Officials below:

The Honorable Tom Udall
U.S. Senate
110 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510 
The Honorable Ben Ray Luján
U.S. House of Representatives
2446 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
The Honorable Martin Heinrich
U.S. Senate
B40D Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

(Today's Date)

Dear Senator Udall, Senator Heinrich, and Congressman Luján:

I am writing to ask you to please support legislation to permanently protect the 46,000 acre Columbine Hondo Wilderness Study Area as a designated Wilderness. By designating these special lands as a part of the National Wilderness Preservation System, we can protect their economic, environmental, and scenic values for all time. 

This treasured public wild land is an important natural resource for local residents, ranchers, sportsmen, and outdoor enthusiasts. The area is an important watershed that provides critical surface water to local agricultural communities. The Columbine Hondo contains headwaters of the Rio Hondo and Red River, both major tributaries of the upper Rio Grande.

Set aside as a WSA by Congress in 1980, the Columbine Hondo has been managed as Wilderness by the Carson National Forest to protect its unique wilderness characteristics. More than thirty years has now passed, and the Columbine Hondo WSA needs to be designated as a Wilderness Area to ensure its permanent protection for the benefit of future generations of New Mexicans and visitors to the Land of Enchantment.

Thank you for your support.