An attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey Scovil has operated his own practice for more than two decades. Outside of his work, Geoffrey (Geoff) Scovil has supported a range of nonprofit organizations that protect wilderness areas around Albuquerque and elsewhere in New Mexico.
One of his favorite organizations is New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (“NMWA”). NMWA has fought to protect and restore New Mexico’s wilderness areas for more than twenty years. The organization brings together a group of diverse stakeholders, such as ranchers, tribal groups, scientists, teachers, and community leaders, who work to protect the state’s natural resources through education, government advocacy, and volunteer projects. Over the years, NMWA efforts have led to federal protection of multiple endangered regions of New Mexico, including the Rio Grande del Norte.
Located near the New Mexico-Colorado border, the Rio Grande del Norte comprises geologic features such as cliffs, gorges, and sagebrush mesas that provide homes to a diverse array of wildlife, including eagles, pronghorn, and elk. Beginning in 2007, NWMA and other local activists began a campaign to protect the Rio Grande del Norte that included lobbying in state and federal government offices, generating support in the press, and obtaining cooperation from local businesses.
In 2013, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that made the area a federally protected national monument. Today, the area attracts campers, rafters, and birdwatchers, thanks in part to the efforts of the NMWA to obtain federal protection for the region.
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.
As a solo practitioner specializing in habeas corpus law, Geoffrey Scovil has established a long career as an attorney at law in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Geoffrey Scovil is also an active supporter of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, an Albuquerque-based nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the natural ecology of New Mexico.
The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance relies heavily on the support of its volunteers, who are encouraged to write letters to their elected representatives, stressing the importance of wilderness protection and calling for proactive legislation. In the past, letters from concerned citizens have helped to create wilderness areas, ban snowmobiles from national parks, and shut down harmful mining operations.
Through its Online Action Center, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance also enables supporters to join advocacy campaigns and send faxes to politicians at all levels of government. Outside of letter writing, individuals can support the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance by volunteering at wilderness sites, reporting violations, and contacting local newspapers.