Protecting the Wilderness – The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance pic
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
Image: nmwild.org

An avid outdoorsman who enjoys running, camping, and hiking, Geoffrey Scovil practices law in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Additionally, Geoffrey Scovil supports several Albuquerque-area organizations, including the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance.

Committed to the principles of conservation, enjoyment, and restoration of wilderness areas and wildlands throughout the state, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance was created in 1997. For nearly 20 years, the nonprofit organization has worked to protect land by partnering with people and entities as diverse as acequia communities, ranchers, and scientists, among others. To inform and educate the public at large, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance provides resources like the comprehensive Wild Guide and supports programs like its wilderness protection campaigns in the Gila Wilderness area and Rio Grande del Norte.

Currently in the inventory stage, the Gila Wilderness area spans more than 250,000 acres and is dedicated to decreasing or preventing damage caused by river diversions, illegal grazing, and off-road vehicles, among other threats. The data collected from the inventory will be used in conjunction with the Gila National Forest Land Use Plan Revision, which will impact the area for the next two decades.

Designated as a national monument in 2013, Rio Grande del Norte covers over 240,000 acres and includes Ute Mountain, a volcanic cone, and the Rio Grande Migratory Flyway. The area also features plains, pockets of conifer trees, and tall lava walls, providing habitats for a variety of birds and other animals.

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