Category: land


Our public lands tell our history – keep them protected

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has protected public places in every state, but it’s about to expire. Tell Congress to fully fund the preservation of our nation’s history before Sept. 30.» Tell Congress to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund Our public lands and waters are under attack like never before, and America’s [read more…]


CVNM joins national campaign to save our best parks program

America’s most important conservation and recreation program will expire in less than a year unless Congress acts. For 52 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has protected national parks and open spaces in every corner of the United States. But in less than 52 weeks, it could be gone forever and along with [read more…]


CVNM members and supporters are resisting Trump’s attacks

Attacks on our critical environmental safeguards by Trump and his administration have been fast and furious with no end in sight. But CVNM members and supporters have responded to let them know we are paying attention and we will be vocal in our opposition.  Here’s a report on some of the significant work we’ve done [read more…]


Land Commissioner Dunn attacking national monuments

This is outrageous. State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has asked the Trump administration to ignore New Mexicans and rush through a review to shrink our national monuments. Trump’s Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is trying to chop or eliminate 27 national monuments—and two of them are right here in New Mexico. More than 1,300 [read more…]


Land Commissioner as oil and gas spokesperson?

This is un-be-liev-able. New Mexico’s State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn recently headlined a press conference for the oil and gas industry, standing with them to oppose nationwide rules to limit methane pollution from the industry. This is the state official whose job it is to help safeguard New Mexico’s lands…and he’s acting as a spokesman [read more…]


Will Martinez and King debate action on climate change? Update: VICTORY!

Between the mud-slinging and campaign finance reports this election, the real issues New Mexicans face aren’t getting the attention they deserve in the governor’s race. When Gov. Martinez and Attorney General Gary King debate live on KOAT-TV on Oct. 19, they’ll answer questions from a panel of journalists. But will voters learn where the candidates [read more…]


Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks forever protected

It’s official! President Obama responded to the local community by taking decisive action to designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region as a national monument. Congratulations go to the local governments, tribal leaders, ranchers, sportsmen and conservation groups who worked for a decade to protect these lands! Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich demonstrated steadfast leadership [read more…]


The lastest information on WIPP

There have been two radiation leaks from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) now and it took a week for the Department of Energy (DOE) to tell New Mexicans about the second one. The first leak has been covered in local, national, and international news. Why? There are a few reasons: WIPP is our nation’s [read more…]


Update: 17 WIPP workers exposed

It’s been more than a month since a radiation leak was discovered underground at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), the nation’s only permanent nuclear waste repository near Carlsbad. Initially, 13 workers tested positive for internal radiation. Now that number is up to 17. Four days after the leak, radiation was found in an air [read more…]


A problem of nuclear proportions

Photo courtesy of the Department of Energy WIPP Radiation Leak Timeline: Feb. 14 – Airborne radiation was detected underground and WIPP was locked down. Feb. 20 – Four days later, the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center reported that radiation was discovered in an air filter a half-mile away from the facility. Feb. 26 – [read more…]