Why We Need a Sense of Place

Why We Need a Sense of Place

There’s a lot less environmental education now because of the modernization and the comforts we bring into our cities. Historically Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado have been land-based cultures. We lived more sustainably and had more appreciation for what the land had to offer. Now we don’t need to worry about how much water is in the mountains because we buy our vegetables from the store.  Read more about what Dr. Eric Romero is doing to help educate young people about the importance of having a sense of place.

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Want to Have a Voice in Public Lands Policy? Now is the Time to Apply!

Want to Have a Voice in Public Lands Policy? Now is the Time to Apply!

Believe it or not, some good news has come out of Washington recently related to public lands. On March 23, President Trump signed the omnibus spending bill, which included a two-year reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act (SRS Act). This is hugely important for supporting schools in rural areas, as well as road maintenance and Forest Service Resource Advisory Committees (RACs), which are solely funded by this bill. Want to get involved? Find out how.

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Local Elected Officials Urge Administration not to Repeal Methane Waste Rule

Local Elected Officials Urge Administration not to Repeal Methane Waste Rule

On April 10 the San Miguel County Board in Northern New Mexico unanimously passed a resolution opposing the BLM’s proposed repeal of the Methane Waste Rule, intended to reduce methane leaking, venting and flaring from oil and gas operations.  Introduced by HECHO Board Chair and County Commissioner Rock Ulibarri, the resolution was prompted by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s refusal to hold hearings on the repeal of this important Rule, which would save New Mexico approximately $10 million per year in revenue that could be used for education and other infrastructure.

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Trump & Zinke: Do Not Rescind the BLM Methane Waste Rule

Trump & Zinke: Do Not Rescind the BLM Methane Waste Rule

We urge the Administration not to rescind the BLM Methane Waste Rule. It makes sense for our economy, for our health, and for the protection of our natural resources.  The enormous amount of time and resources that went into developing this rule represents the strength and beauty of our democracy.  We urge you not to violate the will of the people by rescinding this important policy.

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“Energy Dominance” Policy on our Public Lands, Not Popular in the West

“Energy Dominance” Policy on our Public Lands, Not Popular in the West

The 2018 Colorado College Conservation in the West Poll was just released last month, finding that the Trump Administration’s energy and environmental polices are unpopular in the West.  It also reconfirmed what HECHO already knows – that more and more Latinos are identifying as conservationist.  Here are some highlights from this year’s poll that we thought you’d be interested in.

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HECHO Board Member Kent Salazar Hard at Work – and Play - in New Mexico

HECHO Board Member Kent Salazar Hard at Work – and Play - in New Mexico

HECHO Board Member Kent Salazar,  lifelong resident of New Mexico and an avid hunter and outdoorsman, has been busy lobbying for important conservation bills in the state legislature.  Just a 30-day session in 2018 (New Mexico’s legislative sessions alternate each year between 30- and 60-day sessions), there is a lot to do in a short amount of time!

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Bears Ears National Monument Under Attack

Bears Ears National Monument Under Attack

ACTION ALERT: On Tuesday, January 30 at 2pm ET, the House Natural Resources Committee will have a hearing on H.R. 4532 – a bill which WOULD ELIMINATE BEARS EARS NATIONAL MONUMENT. Please join HECHO in standing with the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Commission's five sovereign tribal nations, including the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe, the Pueblo of Zuni, the Ute Tribe, and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, in saying NO TO H.R. 4532.

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The Outdoors Is My Second Home by Rose Ann Contreras Atherton (Plus my favorite wild game green chili recipe!)

The Outdoors Is My Second Home by Rose Ann Contreras Atherton (Plus my favorite wild game green chili recipe!)

Read the story of Rose Ann Contreras Atherton, whose second home is the outdoors - plus her favorite wild game green chili recipe! "Every Thursday night, like clockwork, my husband, son and I pack up our Fifth Wheel and prepare to head out into the woods the next day," she writes. "During hunting season, we drive a few hours away to our favorite spots looking for deer, elk, and wild turkey. I love the outdoors. I love the smell. I love that you can go for a walk for hours and you see something different every second. You don’t have to answer to anybody.  I can’t even tell you the last time I stayed in a motel – it’s been years."

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Keeping Our Cultural Connection: Getting Urban Latino Youth into the Great Outdoors

Keeping Our Cultural Connection:  Getting Urban Latino Youth into the Great Outdoors

Imagine if you never left your neighborhood. Imagine if you never had the opportunity to hike or camp. Imagine never having seen snow. For many urban Arizona youth, it’s an unfortunate reality. Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo Is an active advocate for these kids because he knows that experiencing the great outdoors has a beneficial impact on a child’s development. Here, he shares his story. (Plus you'll see photos of Free Fishing Day that Supervisor Gallardo organized along with HECHO on October 7!) 

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Don't Delay the Methane Waste Rule

Don't Delay the Methane Waste Rule

The Administration is threatening to delay the BLM's Methane Waste Rule, which took six years to develop with a variety of stakeholder input.  HECHO is not opposed to extracting oil and gas, but we are opposed to wasting precious, natural resources.  This goes against our Hispanic heritage of conservation and our ancestral values of respecting what the Earth provides for us. Read HECHO's full statement to the Administration here. 

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we asked people on Facebook to share their favorite family memories of outdoor activities, and to post a photo if they could. The response was incredible and confirmed what HECHO proudly represents – the centuries old cultural connection of Hispanics to our public lands. Not only do Hispanics enjoy camping, hunting and the outdoors, for centuries, Hispanics have worked the land, provided sustenance for their families from the land and have been stewards of the land. 

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National Public Lands Day is Coming Up!

National Public Lands Day is Coming Up!

Saturday, September 30 is National Public Lands Day (NPLD)!  Entrance fees will be waived on all federal public lands and many state parks, including some monuments, wildlife refuges, forests, grasslands, marine sanctuaries, lakes, and reservoirs. (Please check with your local parks to confirm!)   These special places belong to all of us.  They are testaments to our nation’s diverse heritage, recreational resources unparalleled in beauty, and economic engines for local communities.

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Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Support Latinos in Conservation

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Support Latinos in Conservation

On July 28 U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) to introduce a bipartisan resolution that supports the commitment of the Latino community to engage in conservation efforts. The resolution recognizes the contributions of the Latino community to conservation and wildlife protection and urges increased access to public lands for all Americans.

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