The Hispanic Sportsmen and Women’s Summit in Taos, NM, will bring together a diverse group of sportsmen and women and outdoor recreation enthusiasts and advocates to expand the national sportsmen and women’s conservation network and explore opportunities for collaboration.
The Animas Valley and the New Mexico' Bootheel represent one of the wildest places in North America, rich in history, cultura, wildlife, and so much more. It's one of the most beautiful and bio-diverse places along the U.S.-Mexico border and we invite you to experience it with us and to help us find ways to stop the very real threat of the Border Wall.
Join Nuestra Tierra for this bilingual field trip – in English and Spanish – to the beautiful Gila Lower Box. This lovely land and stretch of the Gila River is right in the heart of the Chihuahuan Desert. As you hike, Gabe will talk about desert ecology, focusing on the area’s wildlife, including bighorn sheep, mountain lion, and the elusive, charismatic coati.
Join us in exploring the effects of climate disruption globally and here in New Mexico, while also learning how you can make a difference.
Nuestra Tierra Founder Gabe Vasquez will be speaking about how to use traditional media to get messages out to the public about climate change and climate disruption in New Mexico:
FRIDAY, SEPT. 6
5:45 pmRegistration/No fee
6:00 pmWelcome/Overview of Film Festival: Ray Powell, former NM Commissioner of Public Lands6:15 pmDr. David Gutzler, Ph.D, UNM Professor of Climatology: Impacts of Climate Change on Humans and the Environment
7:00 pmDr. Sandra Steingraber: Her personal story, Film: Unfractured (2017), presentation, Q & A
9:00 pmClosing comments/reminder of Saturday events
SATURDAY, SEPT. 7
8:45 amDoors Open/$10 for adults; Children/youth to age 18 eat free
Voter Registration Table
9:00 amOverview: Ray Powell, moderator
Greeting: Elizabeth J. Kistin Keller, Ph.D, First Lady of ABQ
Update/Q&A: Kelsey Rader, Sustainability Officer, City of ABQ
10:00 amFilm: CAVU Premiere in ABQ: Wildlife Without Borders: Wildlife Across the West, the first film in a new series, plus CAVU films:
What isn't there to love about New Mexico?
Is New Mexico ready to be the next Saudi Arabia?
11:15 amMaya van Rossum, author and activist: The Green Amendment: Securing our right to a healthy environment11:55 amClimate Strike: Delese Dellios, 350.org, and YouthNoonFilm: The American Southwest: Are we running dry? (23 min.)
Speaker: Theresa Cardenas, President, Middle Rio Grande Water Advocates1:00 pmVegetarian lunch (with registration)
1:45 pmTarin Nix, State Land Commission: Open for Business: Transitioning to a Renewable Energy Future2:10 pmChristina Allday-Bondy, NM Healthy Soils Working Group: Supporting Healthy Soils and Regenerative Agriculture at Home, with The Soil Story (4 min.)
2:30 pmPhoebe Suina, Cochiti and San Felipe Pueblos: Indigenous Insights Into Sustainability2:45 pmFilm: Sacred Land, Sacred Water
Q&A: Donald T. Phillips, geologist and screenwriter, Craig Barth, publisher and filmmaker3:45 pmBreakout groups/discussion
Using the media to get our message out, August March & Gabriel Vasquez
Climate Change effects on wildlife management and public lands, Jesse Deubel & Tarin Nix
Green Amendment: Securing our right to a healthy environment, Maya van Rossum
Changing personal habits to make a difference, Craig Barth
Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture, Christina Allday-Bondy
Opportunities to advance climate-related policy at the state and local level, Melanie Stansbury & Isaac Benton
4:30 pmReports by groups with action plans
4:50 pmClosing remarks
Whether you’re new to the outdoors or an experienced user, Wilderness First Aid certification will help build your outdoor skills and ensure that you’re ready for any situation on the trail, in the backcountry, or a local park.
In this 2-day course taught by Solo Wilderness Medicine, you’ll learn how to assess a variety of different emergency situations and learn a system that can help you make the right decisions during a critical time.
These classes are usually offered at rates of $250 or more, which make them cost-prohibitive for many people in New Mexico who could benefit from these important skills. Nuestra TIerra & Friends of OMDP have been able to secure a deeply discounted rate to help build the next generation of outdoor leaders and mentors in Las Cruces and the surrounding areas. Cost to attend is $125, with spots limited to 24.
Successful completion will result in a WIlderness First Aid Certification.
REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS CLOSED
Get ready to raft (or float, sometimes walk) the Rio Bravo for Latino Conservation Week!
Friends of Organ Mountains, the Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project, Latino Outdoors and Hispanic Access Foundation have teamed up to sponsor another awesome trip down the Rio Bravo to honor the contributions of the Hispanic/Latinx community to conservation efforts across the country, and to get out and enjoy nature.
We will provide a float, paddles, lunch, and a good time.
You should plan on bringing sunscreen, huaraches (or your water shoes of choice), agua, a towel, and shades. We will have have a community cooler for all your beverages.
Before we launch, we will be learning about the history of the Robledo Mountains, the human habitation of the Rio Bravo in southern New Mexico, and some recent wins for creating equity in outdoor recreation.
Time & Date: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 21
Event Address: Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs - Dam Site
Cost: Plan to bring $5 for parking for your vehicle (carpooling encouraged!)
Nos vemos en Julio!
Summer is getting near and so is the 8th Annual Aldo Leopold Kids’ Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 1st at Lake Roberts, north of Silver City, NM. The derby will coincide with New Mexico’s Free Fishing Day, so bring the whole family for FREE fishing fun. There will be display booths, demonstrations, prizes and tons of interactive fun for the kids. The event will run from 7:00 a.mm to noon, with an awards ceremony to follow.
The Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project will be partnering with the New Mexico Wildlife Federation to host a booth and cook for the kids and families participating in the fishing derby. The Gila Trout is one of New Mexico’s most successful wildlife conservation successes and thanks to years of habitat restoration and reintroduction efforts by a wide variety of partners, Gila Trout can once again be enjoyed as a sport fish by youth and adults alike. Come join us, kids fish free!!
Join Nuestra Tierra and NM State Rep. Angelica Rubio for the celebration of the New Mexico Outdoor Equity Fund, the first of its kind in the nation from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, at Bow & Arrow Brewing in Albuquerque! Complimentary beverages and food will be available, as well as a special gear giveaway! We will also have a special announcement, so come out and celebrate with us! Sponsored by The Wilderness Society
Nuestra Tierra Conservaiton project will join the Las Cruces Off-Leash Bulldawgs again this year for a fishing lesson and aquatic species education! We will be partnering with the Friends of Organ Mountains Desert Peaks and the New Mexico Wildlife Federation for an evening of fishing at Caballo Lake State Park.
This is a closed event open to Las Cruces High School students enrolled in the Off-Leash Bulldawgs program, but stay tuned for a few more public fishing events this summer!
Vamos a Pescar!
Join us for a morning hike to celebrate el Dia de Nuestra Tierra Madre at Kilbourne Hole in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.
The Chihuahuan Desert is full of dramatic geologic formations and sites that hold the secrets to the landscapes as we see them today.
After the hike, join us for food and drinks at the Spotted Dog! Click the event to learn more.
As part of our partnership with the Juvenile Community Corrections (JCC) Program/Families & Youth Inc., Nuestra Tierra guides will take local youth out to a cultural site in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument for a self-reflective, culturally conscious exploration of the Robledo Mountains.
Instead of feeding the Black Friday Frenzy, join Friends of Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks, Latino Outdoors, and the New Mexico Wildlife Federation for a hike in the Organ Mountains!
Where: Soledad Canyon (From Exit 1 on Interstate 25, take University Avenue/Dripping Springs Road east for about 4.5 miles, then turn south on the Soledad Canyon Road. That road will turn east in a mile; follow it all the way to the end)
If you’re not familiar with Soledad Canyon, meet us at 9:30 a.m. in front of Milagro Coffee Shop at 1733 E. University Ave. We will caravan from there to our hike, which is less than ten minutes away.
This is a family friendly hike with free BURRITOS DE BARBACOA, hot chocolate, and cookies! All are welcome. Hope to see you there!