The following is a solidarity statement from Camilla Simon, Director of Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors (HECHO), with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.Read More
There’s no doubt that the oil and gas sector is an essential source of jobs and revenue to the state of New Mexico. It is a critical part of our economy. At the same time, New Mexico can’t afford to tie its fiscal health, and the welfare of our schools, colleges, and universities to the boom-and-bust cycles of fossil fuel markets.Read More
An example of good planning and incorporating diverse voices in the management of public lands can be seen in the Heritage Area in Yuma, Arizona on the border with the state of California. In this area, adjacent to the Colorado River, wetlands have been restored and space has been created for family life and contact with nature. Development and management of the project has had major participation from Latino communities who have lived in the area for generations and know, inhabit, and have close links with the region. Today, we are proud of this space where natural beauty, conservation, cultural traditions and recreational spaces are merged.Read More
Friends, As kids across the country headed back to school this week after the Summer and Labor Day weekend, it’s important to reflect on the fact that too many students won’t have the chance to enjoy field trips to the great outdoors. Visits to parks and nature centers were once a staple of a good education, but in recent years it has been all too common to see headlines across the country lamenting that schools have to cut back because of strained budgets and standardized testing that makes it difficult for teachers to justify field trips in their curricula. That needs to change.Read More
Max Trujillo and I have spent time in DC this month, announcing our poll, knocking on doors and spreading the word that Latinos support conservation. Here's an update on the progress we’re making to strike a better balance between oil and gas development and conservation.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
HECHO is proud to announce Max O. Trujillo II as Deputy Director. The expertise in wildlife and public lands issues that he brings with him will help us move forward as an organization. Welcome aboard, Max!Read More
It was encouraging to see Colorado's La Voz raise the issue of oil and gas development as one that affects Latinos, in a recent commentary by James Mejia. As we move closer to the midterm elections, the dialog on national issues has engaged Latinos in a new way.
So, why now?
Latinos collectively now have a permanent and more powerful voice across the political landscape on issues ranging from education to the health care. With energy development booming in the West, the landscape itself has become political.Read More
Whether I was surrounded by organ pipe cacti or ponderosa pine, whether there was bare rock underfoot or fertile soil, I realized that every place had provided our ancestors with sustenance and healing. Every place evoked stories. Every place held spiritual value. And sadly, nearly every place was threatened.Read More
The Arches and Canyonlands of Utah evoke thoughts of remoteness and mystery, fantastical vistas, wild geological formations, and voices echoing impossible distances. For many of us who live out west, these places represent the heart of what it means to find solitude and be in touch with the land, in love with the landscape, tiny in comparison to creation, and more grand in spirit than one could ever imagine. These places open the soul.
Now imagine if oil and gas rigs marred the stunning vistas, and a spaghetti of access roads scarred the solitude. Instead of hearing ravens and wind, you could hear the clank and clamor of the extractive industry. Imagine mountain biking or hiking on trails criss-crossed by truck traffic and heavy machinery, or fishing a polluted river.Read More
Like any kid, I thought about the open spaces a as something permanent, where generation after generation families had passed on traditions of hunting, fishing, hiking — even enjoying family picnics. Any new house on the landscape was noticeable. A new industrial site would be unthinkable. Now I know that nothing is permanent — I think we all do, especially the families that have been here for generations, even centuries. I am thinking about these things as I prepare to head to Washington, DC for my first trip as the director of HECHO, Hispanics Enjoying Camping Hunting and Outdoors.Read More
Today, Hispanic leaders and elected officials announced the formation of a new national Hispanic sportsmen organization – the first national group to advocate for Hispanics in the debate over energy development and conservation on public lands.
The new organization will be called HECHO – Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting & Outdoors – which in Spanish means “action” as well as “fact”.Read More