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Cerros del Norte and a Request – My Shot of the Day – May 8, 2015


Just the other day I was gushing about our new National Monument and Wilderness. This morning I have still more good news to report:

New Mexico’s senators are co-sponsoring a bill that would establish two wilderness areas inside the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.
Tom Udall, D-NM, and Martin Heinrich, D-NM, announced Thursday (May 7) the introduction of the Cerros del Norte Act, which would create a combined 21,420 acres of wilderness in far northern Taos County.

The act proposes to create the 8,000-acre Rio San Antonio Wilderness on the west side of US 64, as well as the 13,420-acre Cerro del Yuta (Ute Mountain) Wilderness just west of Costilla.

Both areas would fall within the 242,000-acre Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, which was created by executive order in 2013.

This is excellent news for us. After years of frustrating work the New Mexico conservation community has now had several years of success.  Here to many more years of that success! (Support New Mexico Wilderness here)

“One of the main reasons people visit the Taos area is to marvel at and venture into our magnificent wilderness areas and public wild lands,” said Stuart Wilde, a local outfitter, in a press release on the bill’s introduction from the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. “Protecting wilderness within the incredible Río Grande del Norte National Monu­ment will only enhance our tourism and outdoor recreation.”

Like other local conservation initiatives, this effort has enjoyed the support of a broad coalition of sportsmen, businesses and traditional communities.  (Read More)

And Now I Have A Simple Request

Our two Senators have long been champions of protecting New Mexico’s most enchanting places and they need to hear from us that they are doing the right thing.

Please take a few minutes and call them to thank them for this kind of excellent work.  And encourage them to do more.

Senator Martin Heinrich                         Senator Tom Udall

(202) 224-5521                                              (202) 224-6621


Thank you!

cerros del norte
Ute Mountain across the Taos Prarie Plateau with the Sangre de Cristos beyond


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