Latino Conservation Alliance applauds Clean Water Rule

Latino Conservation Alliance applauds Clean Water Rule

The Latino Conservation Alliance – a group of six national Latino organizations dedicated to representing a diverse array of Latino communities to conserve our natural heritage for future generations—released the following statement applauding the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule, which clarifies protections for streams and wetlands, announced yesterday.

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Latino Sportsmen Should Fight to Protect Our Public Lands

Latino Sportsmen Should Fight to Protect Our Public Lands

As we in New Mexico prepare for this year’s legislature, there are rumblings of a very dark and disturbing piece of legislation that is sure to surface this year again. In western states, there is a movement that is gaining some traction that should cause every sportsman and woman I know to stand up and fight. The Public Lands Transfer movement in western states is happening and the stakes have never been higher than now for sportsmen and women to stand up and speak up against this movement that could bring an end to all we hold sacred.

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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 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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For Hispanics voters, preservation matters - The Santa Fe New Mexican

For Hispanics voters, preservation matters - The Santa Fe New Mexican

The wishes of Hispanic voters will have to be considered, especially when discussing preservation and access to public lands. Jobs won’t always be enough to sway support for drilling — it’s easier now to understand why Mora County officials still preferred to keep oil exploration out of their backyard with their first-in-the-nation fracking ban.

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Four Stops, One Destination: Young Latinos Supporting Conservation

Four Stops, One Destination: Young Latinos Supporting Conservation

Today marks the end of the Hispanic Access Foundation “Four Stops, One Destination” tour of National Parks in Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. I was fortunate to spend the day with the group, exploring Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, the final National Park on their tour. They had been connecting with people along their tour and visiting places that helped them connect the dots about the impacts of oil and gas development on public lands, and about the need for Latinos to be engaged in efforts to ensure that the places we love, even if we love them from afar, are protected for future generations and for the health of our planet.

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We have deep roots in the West. That's why we care.

We have deep roots in the West. That's why we care.

Although the historical context of Hispanic political influence in Colorado and New Mexico is somewhat unique, the relationship we find between familial connections to land and attitudes toward conservation policy are likely to exist elsewhere.

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