Introducing CVNM’s Administrative Associate, Carly Jones
Why do you think the work CVNM does is
I think one of the biggest obstacles that community members face is getting informed with accurate
information about current issues and how they can take action that will reflect their values in a meaningful way. That is where CVNM comes in. We regularly circulate the latest on current issues on multiple platforms to give everyone the best chance to stay informed. We encourage the community to get involved and we give them ways to do this. On top of this, we keep score of legislators and where they stand so that members can easily gauge who best fits their values, and we work hard to hold these legislators accountable. With all the misinformation that goes around these days, I think it is more important than ever for people to have a reliable source of consistent and transparent information.
What are you most looking forward to in your work?
I think my favorite part is seeing how all the pieces of the puzzle come together and result in pro-conservation legislation coming to fruition. I am most excited to see this continue and grow as CVNM grows, knowing I am a key element in helping that to happen. I am also very excited to meet and work with the numerous individuals and organizations that hold the well-being of our community and environment so close to their hearts.
What environmental issue are you most passionate about? Why?
I would definitely say Energy and Climate Change. After studying both topics at university, I think our current major sources of energy pose the greatest risk to all elements of our environment. If we can all come together to invest in clean and renewable energy sources, we will be taking a big step toward preventing more damage and potentially reversing some of the effects we are seeing. Consistently enveloped in wind and sunshine, New Mexico could easily help lead the way in transitioning to renewable resources and I am very optimistic that CVNM will play a major role in making this happen.
What do you love most about New Mexico?
The landscape. Nature is where I find my peace, and I love that we are surrounded by so much of it, and it’s so diverse here. Mountains, rivers, desert, lakes, grasslands. I never tire of exploring it. I love how we experience a true four seasons, and you get to see the landscape change and breathe new life every several months. I am particularly grateful for all the opportunities to encounter and observe wildlife. These things keep me grounded.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I read a lot, and I love taking my dog out for hikes, no matter what the weather. We embrace the rain and snow because it is so precious here. I would have to say one of my all-time favorite things to do is paint landscapes outside in the sunshine while the pup explores.
Do you have a favorite place in New Mexico you like to visit that you’d like to recommend to others? Why?
I love the East Fork Jemez River up past the Valle Caldera. It’s a great place to snowshoe in the winter months and gorgeous in the summer. The waterfall at the end is well worth the hike in. My dog Clover loves water and she has a blast running along the river and jumping in and out of the water.