Guest Blog: Four Steps to Developing a Lifetime Habit of Hiking and Camping

Guest Blog: Four Steps to Developing a Lifetime Habit of Hiking and Camping

Even so, I know for some, getting outdoors may seem daunting. There is a lot of equipment available and it seems like there are new products every day, designed to make your hiking and camping easier or more enjoyable. But in some ways, trying to make things easier has made them seem more out of reach.

We need more diversity in outdoor activities, including those jobs that cater to hikers, campers, hunters and anglers. HECHO has asked me to provide some tips to help others develop lifelong skills outdoors and I am happy to help!

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Public Process Leads to Browns Canyon National Monument Designation

Public Process Leads to Browns Canyon National Monument Designation

HECHO joins many grateful organizations and communities in thanking President Obama for taking action to designate Browns Canyon as the newest National Monument in Colorado. Latino families and our communities have been using and enjoying the Browns Canyon area for generations. For too long, we have witnessed extractive industries such as oil, gas, and mineral development, as well as urban growth, mar the landscapes, pollute watersheds and affect the wildlife that have sustained us for generations.

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Public Lands Methane Regulation in 2015?

Public Lands Methane Regulation in 2015?

By now, many people have seen the disturbing image that NASA released in October, showing the giant methane hotspot in the atmosphere over the Four Corners region in the southwestern United States. As alarming as the methane cloud is, I sometimes find it hard to register the reality behind the computer graphic, or grasp its full meaning. When I look up at the sky I can’t see the methane. The dangerous effects of the cloud are very slow to reveal themselves, and we will gradually feel its effects as the potent greenhouse gas affects the climate. But nonetheless it’s there; scientists first saw it five years ago.

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Join HECHO in the conservation dialog, and don't forget the elk fajitas.

Join HECHO in the conservation dialog, and don't forget the elk fajitas.

Deputy Director Max Trujillo just returned from the first national gathering of the wilderness community in more than two decades, the Wilderness 50 conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Together with the Water Conservation Fund Act, it protected more than 109 million acres of pristine landscapes for the last half century.

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See You Next Week?

See You Next Week?

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.

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HECHO Ad Campaign: Protect Our Heritage. Protect Public Lands

HECHO Ad Campaign: Protect Our Heritage. Protect Public Lands

HECHO has launched a series of ads in print and online calling on President Barack Obama and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to implement an approach that balances development with conservation, one that includes the Latino community’s concerns in the process of leasing our public lands. The ads began running last week online and in several newspapers in the Southwest where an oil and gas boom has led to concerns among Latino sportsmen that public lands are increasingly threatened by oil and gas development.

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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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