Because "LWCF has proven itself to be not only one of the best conservation programs, but also one of our most efficient and effective government programs," now is a great time for every citizen to express U.S. Senators and Representatives that LWCF works, and deserves full funding.Read More
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.Read More
We cannot take our public land for granted. States, including Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, and New Mexico, are now exploring legislation that would allow sale of land to the highest bidder. Call your legislators and governor today and tell them to preserve our centuries-old tradition of sharing land for the benefit of all communities.Read More
As I look back on the season, I am especially thankful for our vast and diverse public lands. Not having been born into wealth, I learned from my father, who was an avid hunter and fisherman, that by virtue of being an American citizen I’ve been included in an inheritance that goes far beyond material wealth.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
Today’s report by Latino Decisions and Hispanic Access Foundation on three years of major public polling of the Latino community makes it clear that we view conservation as a fundamental value.Read More
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....Read More
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.Read More
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.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
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.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