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  • Odes to an urban mountain range

    Two recent guidebooks – Mike Coltrin’s Sandia Mountain Hiking Guide and The Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains by Robert Julyan and Mary Stuever – are excellent guides to the trails and histories of the mountains outside Albuquerque

  • The little wilderness that could

    The long and carefully planned campaign to protect the Ojito Wilderness in New Mexico holds useful lessons for wilderness activists across the West

  • Trouble on the Valles Caldera

    The Valles Caldera National Preserve in New Mexico was supposed to be a grand experiment in collaborative management, but the current board’s push to expand grazing and curtail public input has led to clashes with local environmentalists

  • Hispanic leaders spearheaded the Río Grande del Norte National Monument

    Hispanic leaders spearheaded the Río Grande del Norte National Monument

    In New Mexico, the open and inclusive campaign for a 240,000-acre monument sidestepped the usual controversy drummed up by such designations.

  • Can a grazing buyout program ease life for wolves and ranchers?

    Can a grazing buyout program ease life for wolves and ranchers?

    A fledgling effort in New Mexico's 'Yellowstone of the South.'

  • Fire on the mountain

    Fire on the mountain

    A New Mexican watches Whitewater-Baldy fire burn the Gila National Forest, and even as it changes a place she loves, her ecologist self cheers it on.

  • New Mexico’s groundwater protections may take a hit

    New Mexico’s groundwater protections may take a hit

    Under Gov. Susana Martinez, the state is rolling back some of its strongest environmental protections.

  • The man behind a New Mexico county's fracking ban

    The man behind a New Mexico county's fracking ban

    Last year Mora became the first county in the nation to permanently ban oil and gas development.

  • The Gila's Monster

    Along the upper Gila in New Mexico, conservationists and the state squabble over managing the river's water.

  • A path to an unexpected place

    A path to an unexpected place

    Gallup’s challenge is to use its nascent recreation economy to benefit the entire community.

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