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6th International Mexican Wolf Stamp

2016 Limited Edition Mexican Wolf Conservation Stamp Released

Sixth annual commemorative stamp supports conservation and education efforts for the endangered Mexican gray wolf

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March 15, 2016, Albuquerque, N.M.—The 2016 Mexican Wolf Conservation stamp just released by the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance features artwork by Jacob Tarazoff.

With a passion for the wild and pursuit for adventure, Jacob is a 33 year old painter who works with a limited palette, primarily painting en plein aire (outside) and alla prima (wet into wet, one sitting).

“My current focus is on the idea of landscape, as a living memory. It is my aim to present an homage exalting the elemental natural processes that have shaped not only the earth, but also our own biological and sociocultural selves,” explained the artist.

The Mexican gray wolf is the most endangered wolf in the world, with a wild population of only 97 in the Southwest. All proceeds from sales of the wolf stamp directly benefit activities to support Mexican wolf conservation and education projects. This year’s stamp is the sixth in a limited-edition series.

“We are pleased to continue the program this year to support protection of our endangered Mexican wolf. We are grateful to the many talented artists and conservationists who submitted artwork for the stamp’s contest; they truly make this program possible,” said Tisha Broska, Associate Director of the Wilderness Alliance.

The 2016 Mexican Wolf Conservation Stamp is not a true postage stamp. The 4.5- by 5.5-inch full-color commemorative stamp is part of a series of framing-quality art prints offered to collectors.

The stamp is available for $20 at www.nmwild.org. To purchase a wolf stamp, go to Shop, where you will find the entire collection of stamps.

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The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is a non-profit 501(C)(3), grassroots, environmental organization dedicated to the protection, restoration, and continued enjoyment of New Mexico’s wildlands and Wilderness areas. The primary goal of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is to ensure the protection and restoration of all remaining wild lands in New Mexico through administrative designations, federal Wilderness designation, and on-going advocacy.

Udall, Heinrich Welcome President's Proposal to Fully Fund LWCF

Udall, Heinrich Welcome President's Proposal to Fully Fund Land and Water Conservation Fund
FY 2017 proposed budget includes funding for several NM priorities
Thursday, February 4, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich applauded President Obama's announcement that he will work to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), an innovative conservation program that has helped to preserve public lands, create and expand city parks, and provide access to outdoor recreation across the New Mexico and the nation. Funding through the LWCF has helped conserve special places from the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in Bernalillo County to the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks and Rio Grande del Norte national monuments in Southern and Northern New Mexico.

The president announced his proposal in advance of the release of his Fiscal Year 2017 budget blueprint, which he will present to Congress on Feb. 9. His FY17 budget proposes investing $900 million in conservation and recreation projects across the country and seeks to make LWCF funding mandatory and to permanently authorize the program. The president's budget proposal also identifies specific New Mexico funding priorities for FY17, including acquisition of inholdings and land to expand or enhance the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Rio Grande del Norte, the Continental Divide Trail, the Sabinoso Wilderness, and part of the Burnt Corn Pueblo, one of 24 sites included in the 2004 Galisteo Basin Cultural Sites Protection Act.

The LWCF is funded at no cost to the taxpayers from a portion of the revenues from offshore oil and gas drilling. Although it has been a huge success, the program has never received the full funding Congress intended when it was created over 50 years ago. Last year, the future of the LWCF was put in jeopardy as authorization and funding expired. Udall and Heinrich fought hard and successfully extended the fund for an additional three years at the end of 2015. Future funding and authorization for the LWCF and any specific projects ultimately will be determined by Congress.

Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, will have the opportunity to fight for the president's proposal as the Senate writes funding bills this year. "The president's focus on permanently and fully funding the LWCF is great news for New Mexico and communities across the country. The LWCF has helped New Mexico conserve our cultural sites and beautiful landscapes, and it has created ballfields and community parks across the state. It helps create jobs at no cost to the taxpayers, and every dollar invested brings in $4 for our local communities," Udall said. "I look forward to working in the Appropriations Committee to ensure the LWCF is fully funded and authorized so it can finally live up to its full potential. The president is a powerful advocate, and I'm very pleased to have momentum as we begin the budget process."

“The president’s commitment to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund and pursue permanent authorization is welcome news. And I’m pleased that this proposal would benefit projects in New Mexico to expand outdoor recreation opportunities and contribute to our economy," Heinrich said. "LWCF is one of America’s most successful conservation programs that has preserved our outdoor heritage, protected clean air and precious supplies of drinking water, and supported jobs across the country. In New Mexico it provides public land access for sportsmen, ensures there are soccer fields and baseball diamonds for our children, and protects some of our most iconic landscapes. I will continue to fight for the Land and Water Conservation Fund in the Senate so that all of our children and grandchildren can continue to come back to these outdoor places year after year.”

Michael Casaus, The Wilderness Society's New Mexico State Director, joined Udall and Heinrich in welcoming the president's news. “Conserving New Mexico’s treasured places is essential to preserving our state’s cultural, historic and natural heritage," Casaus said. "We applaud the President for proposing funds to protect these areas, which draw visitors to New Mexico and enhances our state’s economy.”

Wild Guide: Passport to New Mexico Wilderness

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CONTACT: Tisha Broska, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.        

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance releases comprehensive guide to the state’s wildlands

Albuquerque, N.M. — March 14, 2016 — Veteran and novice outdoor adventurers alike will find something to love in the latest publication from the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. Wild Guide: Passport to New Mexico Wilderness is an unrivaled resource for anyone interested in the Land of Enchantment’s special wild places.

Part hiking guide and part reference book, the Wild Guide offers a lifetime of inspiration for hikes, weekend camping trips, desert wanderings and backpack adventures. It also is packed full of history, color maps and stunning images from some of New Mexico’s best photographers.

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Executive Director Mark Allison said, “I hope that this guide will provide the inspiration to get outside with friends and family to discover the magnificent beauty of New Mexico’s wilderness for years to come.”

The Wild Guide is the only book that features each of the state’s designated wilderness areas and wilderness study areas as well as other public lands treasures such as the Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks national monuments.

The book replaces the Wilderness Alliance’s annual Wild Guide publication, a 2013 finalist for guidebooks and travel in the Southwest Book Design and Production Awards, and is an update of the out-of-print New Mexico Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide by noted Albuquerque author Bob Julyan.

Readers of Wild Guide: Passport to New Mexico Wilderness will find out where these special places are and unlock their secrets:

  • “These are do-it-yourself wildlands — there are no designated trails, but simply following an arroyo or a ridge is sure to lead to something interesting.”
  • “From the top (of this peak) in the wilderness, you can see mountains and mesas stretching for miles in all directions, every view untarnished by roads or other human intrusions.”
  • “This (area is) designated to protect caves containing fossil resources that offer a glimpse into animals found in New Mexico in the recent past.”
  • “This region has New Mexico’s greatest wilderness array, containing not only the state’s first and third largest wildernesses but also its greatest ecological diversity.”

The 255-page Wild Guide is priced at $19.95 and can be purchased online at www.nmwild.org and in stores across the state.

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit, grassroots organization dedicated to the protection, restoration and continued enjoyment of New Mexico’s wildlands and wilderness areas. An important part of the Wilderness Alliance’s work is connecting people to wild public lands such as those featured in the new book.

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Samples of the Wild Guide

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Available at the following local stores:

Albuquerque

Bookworks, La Montanita Co-op (3 locations in Albuquerque), BLM Public Lands Information Center (various visitor centers across the state)

Page One, UNM Bookstore, Sandia Tram Shop

Las Cruces

Southwest Environmental Center, Coas Bookstore

Santa Fe

Travel Bug, BLM Public Lands Information Center (various visitor centers across the state), Alpine Sports, Collected Works

Silver City

Javalina Coffee Shop, O'Keefe's Bookshop, Silver City Coop, Gila Hike & Bike, Morning Star Sports & Embroidery

Taos

Cid's Food Market, Op Cit Taos, Rio Grande Ace Hardware, Taos Fly Shop, Taos Ski Valley, Taos Book Gallery

Durango, CO

Maria's Bookshop

 

 

Public Access Coming for Sabinoso Wilderness

$3 Million Conservation Agreement will Unlock Public Access to the Sabinoso Wilderness in New Mexico

The Wilderness Land Trust and the Wyss Foundation today announced a major milestone in the effort to unlock public access to the 16,000 acre Sabinoso Wilderness in New Mexico, an area that is currently impossible for the public to access without trespassing on private property.

Sabinoso announcement

Thanks to a $3,150,000 contribution from the Wyss Foundation, The Wilderness Land Trust has purchased the Rimrock Rose, a 4,176 acre property adjacent to the Sabinoso Wilderness that includes the remote and beautiful Canyon Largo. The Wilderness Land Trust will now work to transfer the Rimrock Rose to public ownership by donating it to the Bureau of Land Management so that it may be added to the Sabinoso Wilderness area to create public access.

“We’ve been working on creating access to the Sabinoso Wilderness since it was proposed for designation,” said Reid Haughey, President of The Wilderness Land Trust.  “To the best of our knowledge, Sabinoso is the only wilderness area among the 762 wilderness areas within the National Wilderness Preservation System that does not have public access.  It will be a pleasure to unlock the Sabinoso this summer. It’s a great place to hike, hunt, ride horseback, explore and backpack.”

The Sabinoso Wilderness, created by Congress in 2009, is a rugged backcountry area east of Las Vegas, New Mexico, that is home to mule deer, bobcats, gray foxes and a wide range of plant and animal species that are home to the high plains.  The headwaters of the Canadian River runs through the Rimrock Rose property and the Canyon Largo, then on past the designated wilderness. Canyon Largo was a well-traveled route used by cavalry traveling from Fort Union to Fort Bascom in the 19th century, and by native people for centuries before patented as private land a hundred years ago.

“We are proud to be able to help local leaders and The Wilderness Land Trust as they expand access for fishing, hunting, hiking, and recreation in New Mexico’s prized backcountry,” said Molly McUsic, President of the Wyss Foundation.  “Everyone should have the opportunity to experience the wonder of the Sabinoso Wilderness and all of our nation’s public lands.”

Over the coming months, The Wilderness Land Trust will work with the Bureau of Land Management to donate the lands to public ownership so that the public may explore one of New Mexico’s newest and most stunning wilderness areas.  Before the lands may be donated to public ownership, the Bureau of Land Management will need to conduct and complete a review of the areas to determine whether they are suitable for addition to the Sabinoso Wilderness and meet the agency’s criteria for accepting a donation.

“Acquisition of permanent access to Sabinoso is huge for New Mexican sportsmen and women as well as all our citizenry,” said Garrett VeneKlasen, executive director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation.  “This is a magical, game-filled landscape we’ve all been aching to use but until now could not utilize. Three cheers to the Wyss Foundation and The Wilderness Land Trust for making this dream become reality!”

Founded in 1998, the Wyss Foundation has long supported locally-led efforts to conserve public lands in the American West for everyone to experience and explore.  The Foundation’s philanthropy has helped conserve and restore public lands from the Crown of the Continent in Montana and the Hoback Basin in Wyoming to the coastline of California and the rivers of Maine.

The Wilderness Land Trust is a small, highly specialized nonprofit organization established to buy and protect wilderness land.  Since founded in 1992, the Trust has preserved 432 parcels comprising more than 47,000 acres of wilderness inholdings in 93 designated and proposed wilderness areas across 9 states.  The Wilderness Land Trust, a 501(c)(3) organization, has offices in California and Colorado.  For more information visit our website www.wildernesslandtrust.org.

 

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