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New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews 992


P.O. Box 25464 Albuquerque NM 87125 USA


The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is dedicated to the protection, restoration, and rewilding of New Mexico''s Wilderness areas. We focus on forward-looking measures to develop an active and educated Wilderness constituency throughout the state. We build upon New Mexico''s long history of Wilderness protection in developing a new Wilderness movement here in the Land of Enchantment. To do this, we incorporate grassroots organizing, media outreach, public relations, and scientific research strategies to carry out a comprehensive Wilderness advocacy campaign. Our dedicated volunteers are the force behind our work.


The primary goal of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is to ensure the protection and restoration of all remaining wild lands in New Mexico through administrative designations, federal Wilderness designation, and on-going advocacy. To do this, we employ the following programs: Grassroots Organizing, Wilderness Awareness, Coalition Building, Wilderness Inventory, Wilderness Protection, and Membership Development. Each program has its own objective, but jointly our programs are designed to help accomplish the overall long-term goal of Wilderness protection.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined the NM Wilderness Alliance because it is the most active conservation group in New Mexico, with about 5000 members state-wide, and has the most focused effort at protecting wild lands. It is the only local organization that consistently works to promote legislative implementation of the Wilderness Act to add Wilderness to our federal lands inventory. They also sponsor great service projects that introduce members and the public to important places like Otero Mesa and the forested lands of the Gila and northern New Mexico. I find the Wilderness Alliance to be the best voice in support of the conservation values I find important.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Two pieces of legislation were introduced into Congress last year that would have protected over 700,000 acres of land. Congress ran out of time before they came up for a vote. Our Senator Bingaman has reintroduced one, and and is expected to introduce another. Otero Mesa, because of NM Wild efforts is high on the list of candidates to become a National Monument of over one million acres.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to increase its membership, its donor base, and its visibility. It needs more in-state help from residents and it needs to become more visible locally and nationally. The staff and board are working on solutions, so keep watching. Charity Navigator is great. I use it all the time to follow charities I donate to and to see how NM Wild compares.

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Rating: 5 stars  

After several decades of doing volunteer environmental work with many groups I became involved with New Mexico Wilderness Alliance from its beginning. It has the finest publications (brochures, newsletter, wild guide) you find anywhere. It does an excellent job of grassroots organizing and participation (ie. regular local field trips, work projects, social gatherings). It galvanized this diverse community around wilderness in a way I have never seen (600 wilderness supporters at a public hearing on wilderness). It reaches out to the less populated areas of the state in a way I have not seen in the many decades with 4 paid employees in three locations in the southern part of the state.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They have been able to get Wilderness designated in a state that ranks at the bottom among the western state in the percent of Wilderness designated since 1964.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would find a way to get more revenue to the organization so they could do even better.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

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How did you learn about this organization?

Involvement with other Wilderness groups

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Getting Wilderness designation in those areas that are currently at the top of the list (ie, Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Wilderness)

What is its top priority in the long run?

Getting all the areas in New Mexico that have been identified as qualifying for Wilderness by the organization designated as Wilderness.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a donor, member, staff member and now board member of this group. I love the dedication and focus of everyone involved. I give generously and I'm very happy with how my money is spent.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...the Ojito Wilderness and the development of the various campaigns across the state.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand their resources to better counter the threats to wild places in New Mexico.

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15 people found this review helpful

NMWA scored a huge victory the other day by protecting nearly 20,000 acreas of wilderness! New Mexico has only had 2 wilderness designations since 1987 and NMWA did both of them!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the fact that they keep protecting land in New Mexico when nobody else seems to be able to accomplish it.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they are always out there doing restoration work on our public lands.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, helpful, and extremely knowledgeable about protecting our wildlife and public lands.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

protect not just New Mexico but other precious ecosystems in the Southwest.

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