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
As Latinos, being outdoors – including the benefits of healthy air and water – is integral to our way of life.
Of course, most Americans use oil and gas and HECHO’s family of campers, hunters, anglers, hikers and other outdoor recreationalists is no different. But the development of those resources cannot come at the expense of clean water and air in our communities. That is why we work so hard to achieve balance on our shared, public land.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 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.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
The transition from summer to fall in northern New Mexico has got to be one of the greatest spectacles one could ever hope to experience in nature. From the perspective of a conservationist/bow hunter, I get to experience this season on a level that most people will never understand.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
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
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.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
...in the most elemental sense, we are all hecho por la naturaleza – products of the natural world around us. Like the world’s fish, wildlife and plants, we depend on the Earth’s natural systems for clean air, clean water, food, shelter, jobs and economic growth.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
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.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