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Public Lands Rally – January 21, 2016

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Don’t sit this one out. We need YOU!
Thursday January 21, 2pm
State Capitol Building

The future of our public lands in New Mexico depends on conservationists, recreationists, sportsmen and everyone who uses or cares about our national public lands standing together now. Let’s change the focus from armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge to New Mexicans exercising democracy-in-action to speak with a collective voice about our cherished public lands.

That’s a work day for many, but plan ahead and take the day off. Bring your family and friends.  If you need help with transportation email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you aren’t able to join us, please SIGN THE PETITION in support of our national public lands.

Call For Entries: 2017 Mexican Wolf Conservation Stamp Contest

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2017 MEXICAN WOLF CONSERVATION STAMP CONTEST

Help protect the critically endangered Mexican gray wolf with your artwork

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance invites submissions for the 2017 Mexican Wolf Conservation Stamp. Artists worldwide are invited to enter two-dimensional drawings, paintings, or photographs featuring the Mexican gray wolf. The winning artwork will be featured on the 2017 stamp that will be sold to raise funds to support Mexican wolf conservation and education projects. All artwork must be scalable to the size of the stamp, 4.5-inches wide by 5.5-inches tall. Please submit electronic images of original artwork by February 28, 2017 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance issued its first Mexican Wolf Conservation Stamp in 2011. This collectible stamp is similar to the US Fish and Wildlife’s duck stamp, which funds wetlands conservation– but the stamp is in no way related to hunting. All proceeds from sales of the wolf stamp directly benefit activities to support Mexican wolf conservation and education projects. The 4.5×5.5 inch full-color stamp is sold exclusively through NM Wild and is a framing-quality print for collectors.

Click for previous Wolf Conservation Stamp Contest Winners


2016 Mexican Wolf Conservation Stamp Contest

wolf stamp sample for newsletter

2016 MEXICAN WOLF CONSERVATION STAMP CONTEST

Help protect the critically endangered Mexican gray wolf with your artwork

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance invites submissions for the 2016 Mexican Wolf Conservation Stamp. Artists worldwide are invited to enter two-dimensional drawings, paintings, or photographs featuring the Mexican gray wolf. The winning artwork will be featured on the 2016 stamp that will be sold to raise funds to support Mexican wolf conservation and education projects. All artwork must be scalable to the size of the stamp, 4.5-inches wide by 5.5-inches tall. Please submit electronic images of original artwork by January 15, 2016 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance issued its first Mexican Wolf Conservation Stamp in 2011. This collectible stamp is similar to the US Fish and Wildlife’s duck stamp, which funds wetlands conservation– but the stamp is in no way related to hunting. All proceeds from sales of the wolf stamp directly benefit activities to support Mexican wolf conservation and education projects. The 4.5×5.5 inch full-color stamp is sold exclusively through NM Wild and is a framing-quality print for collectors.

Click for previous Wolf Conservation Stamp Contests


New Mexico Public Lands Tied Up in Suspended BLM Leases

Not all the land controlled by the BLM in New Mexico is for recreation. Thousands of acres have been tied up in long-term oil and gas leases. (Bureau of Land Management)

December 16, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. - The Bureau of Land Management is allowing thousands of acres of public land in Western states, including New Mexico, to sit idle as unused oil and gas leases. According to a new report, it's costing taxpayers millions of dollars in rentals and royalties.

The Wilderness Society found suspended leases on more than 3 million acres of public land across the West, including almost 80,000 in New Mexico, that currently are not benefiting the public. Report coauthor Nada Culver, the society's director for agency policy, said loopholes in the lease-suspension program have cost about $80 million in rental fees alone.

"While those leases are in suspension, the operators are not required to pay rent," she said. "They don't pay royalties because they're not producing oil and gas. And of major concern to The Wilderness Society, the BLM won't manage the land for any other use."

According to the report, companies acquire leases but don't develop them, then request suspensions from the BLM that can last for decades. Culver said that if the leases were allowed to expire, the land could be developed for solar or wind power, managed for conservation or used for recreation.

Culver said taxpayers have lost more than $1.3 million on leases in New Mexico that were suspended before 1980.

"What we really noticed in New Mexico was, New Mexico has some of the oldest suspensions," she said. "So, dozens and dozens of leases that date back to the '60s and '70s. And yet, a whole bunch of new lease suspensions have been applied for and granted in the last five years."

The report concluded that the BLM should conduct a thorough review of existing long-term suspended leases. The Wilderness Society also called on the Government Accountability Office to launch its own investigation and recommend improvements to the lease-suspension system.

The report is online at wilderness.org.

Mark Richardson, Public News Service - NM

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