HECHO Celebrates the Centennial of the National Park Service and Calls for More Inclusion of Diverse Voices in the Management of Public Lands

The Centennial of the National Park Service is a time for all Americans to celebrate, enjoy, and engage in the conservation of our nation’s public lands. It is also a time to call upon federal government agencies to engage multicultural communities, including the Latino community, in the decision-making process and management of public lands to reflect the diversity and changing cultural landscape of America.

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Armado con los Hechos - Moms Clean Air Force Lands in ABQ

Armado con los Hechos - Moms Clean Air Force Lands in ABQ

Last week, I attended a very informative event in Albuquerque organized by the Moms Clean Air Force. The public discussion addressed the impacts of oil and gas development on New Mexico communities. As many people know by now, the largest methane “hotspot” hovers over northern New Mexico, and oil and gas development in New Mexico is affecting communities water, air and access to public lands.

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Department of Interior -- Vision for Balance

Department of Interior -- Vision for Balance

In a speech last Wednesday  in Washington, DC, Secretary Jewell set the stage for what she called “common sense reforms” to better manage our public lands. At HECHO, we applaud the Secretary for her support of a balanced approach to energy development on America’s beautiful public lands across the West.

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House Natural Resources Members, Leading Latino Organizations Conclude Historic Roundtable on an Inclusive Conservation Agenda

House Natural Resources Members, Leading Latino Organizations Conclude Historic Roundtable on an Inclusive Conservation Agenda

Democratic Members of the House Natural Resources Committee held a groundbreaking roundtable discussion today with six of the country’s leading Latino organizations as part of Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva’s efforts to build a broader environmental coalition with an inclusive agenda for the 114th Congress and beyond.

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HECHO Deputy Director Max Trujillo talks to High Country News

HECHO Deputy Director Max Trujillo talks to High Country News

Max Trujillo caught the conservation bug during childhood summers spent with his father hunting, hiking and camping in the wilderness of northern New Mexico. In the years that followed, Trujillo noticed that many Hispanic families were out enjoying the woods, but they weren’t involved in the mainstream environmental movement....

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Poll: Protect Our Public Lands

Poll: Protect Our Public Lands

The poll found that a staggering 93% of respondents believe that the government should protect public lands for recreation and the overall well-being of the environment. The results make it clear that this connection to the land occurs irrespective of party affiliation, across age demographics, and that public lands are integral to the daily life of Latinos in the southwest for recreation such as hiking, fishing, hunting, or camping.

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HECHO Invites You to a Presentation of its New Poll on Latinos & Conservation

HECHO Invites You to a Presentation of its New Poll on Latinos & Conservation

You are cordially invited to join Latino community leaders, elected officials, and sportsmen for a presentation of HECHO's new poll on Latino views on conservation at the National Press Club. 

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Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks: A True Community Effort

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks: A True Community Effort

The newly designated Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument is a wonderful addition to our federally protected land in New Mexico.  Many conservation groups, environmental groups, sportsmen’s groups, and individuals were responsible for making this decade-old dream a reality, and HECHO is certainly excited and proud to have been involved this “monumental” occasion.

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Smarter approaches to oil and gas development can help conserve night skies, healthy air and money.

Smarter approaches to oil and gas development can help conserve night skies, healthy air and money.

HECHO is in Washington, DC today providing commentary on oil and natural gas venting and flaring. We believe that it is possible to have oil and gas development, as well as protect the familiar trails and favorite fishing holes that Latinos in the West hold dear. Do we want our precious landscapes to look like the Bakken in North Dakota? Development has to be done smart and managed in a balanced way. As we’ve seen more and more oil and gas wells near our favorite outdoor sites, those of us who spend countless hours outside can see the changes, in particular in the air with more haze and smog than ever. It’s encouraging to see the BLM taking the first step toward ensuring that my generation and our children, and our children’s children can experience the lands and heritage that make us who we are.

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Destination Darkness: Let's Leave the Stars to Future Generations

Despite NPS’s commitment to protecting night skies, threats remain. At Chaco Culture, for example, light pollution emanating from expanding urban areas including Albuquerque and Farmington, New Mexico, and the growing demand for oil and gas development in the northwestern corner of the state have the potential to impact the quality of the night skies at the park. Natural gas flaring and an increase in intensive artificial lighting from construction activities, vehicle traffic, and support facilities can all create light pollution at the park’s higher elevations and inside the canyon.

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Earth Day: HECHO and other Latino Organizations make joint statement

Earth Day: HECHO and other Latino Organizations make joint statement

On Earth Day, Latino Organizations Call for Balanced and Careful Use of Public Lands. On the occasion of Earth Day, Latino organizations from California to the District of Columbia are asking federal agencies and managing authorities to prioritize public health and the health of public lands as they endeavor to fulfill national energy needs.

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Interior takes a bold step towards balanced public lands management

Interior takes a bold step towards balanced public lands management

Today, the Interior Department revealed a strategy that takes a smarter, proactive approach to energy development. A road map for Interior Secretary Jewell’s first Secretarial Order and first major action on conservation, the mitigation strategy will lead to better protection for fish, wildlife, water, farming and ranching, and landscapes across the West.

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Lesser Prairie Chicken Listed as Threatened

Lesser Prairie Chicken Listed as Threatened

Development in western grasslands has fragmented so much habitat of this iconic game bird, that it can no longer be hunted in New Mexico. 

Listing any species is serious business and should only be done when the science supports such action. The administration made today’s listing decision based on sound science.

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New oil boom coming to San Juan Basin. Let the BLM know you care about the land.

New oil boom coming to San Juan Basin - The Santa Fe New Mexican Last week, the Santa Fe New Mexican (link above) described the scale of oil and gas development planned for the San Juan Basin. Truly nothing short of a boom, it will effect the public lands we enjoy, the scenery we love, the night skies we adore, and the health of the rivers and streams we fish. Let's  seek a balanced approach that minimizes the impacts, and provide our input.

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