NMSU Wilderness Alliance

New Mexico State University Wilderness Alliance (NMSUWILD) is the student chapter of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (NMWA) and started in the Spring Semester of 2009. Under the encouragement of Dr. Gary Roemer and Nathan Small, Wilderness Protection Organizer for NMWA and Las Cruces City Councilor, students began taking part in NMWA activities and bringing the issues to campus.

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Wilderness Act is the current legislation NMSUWILD has been advocating. Senators Bingaman and Udall of New Mexico have introduced the Act to Congress. NMSUWILD members contributed by writing informative and perspective articles for the NMSU student newspaper, The RoundUp, and participating in on-air interviews with National Public Radio on KRWG (90.7 FM) and with NMSU Radio News on KRUX (91.5 FM).

Additional activities NMSUWILD have undertaken include: co-organization of the Patagonia Wild And Scenic Film Festival in April 2009; a presentation at the Southern New Mexico State Fair in October 2009; and field trips to Aden Crater and Broad Canyon (both are in the proposed Organ Mountains/ Desert Peaks Wilderness areas).

Up-coming activities NMSUWILD have planned include: co-organize and lead a wilderness tour to introduce NMSU administrators to the importance of land protection and hold an open-house event to allow exchange of wilderness perspectives, field trips to Potrillo Mountains and Organ Mountain Needles.

If you would like more information, please contact us at: nmsuwild.gmail.com