SWEC: Resist Mexican Wolf Extinction Plan

July 14, 2017

Resist Trump’s Fake Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released an updated recovery plan for the Mexican gray wolf, and it is bad news for the struggling wolves. This plan would suppress wolf numbers, sharply limit their distribution and hand over the rare wolves’ management to political appointees on state game commissions — people who usually don’t like wolves. We hate to be dire, but the truth is that this is more of an extinction plan than a recovery plan. It puts politics over science. It’s a recovery sham!

What You Can Do:

1)      Protest! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold four public meetings in NM and AZ to answer questions and accept written comments on their draft plan. Let’s pack them with wolf supporters to show them what we think of their flawed plan. Come early to prepare and protest! SWEC will be taking a van up from Las Cruces to the T or C meeting, and carpooling is being arranged for all the protests. Take a road trip for lobos!

2)      Speak out! Tell the USFWS that its plan stinks. Comments are accepted until August 29, but why wait? Do it today! You can find talking points here.

Panel to discuss border wall at Progressive Summit

SWEC will join with the ACLU and NM CAFE on a panel to discuss the border wall and related issues at the Southern New Mexico Progressive Summit this Saturday, 7/15, in Las Cruces. The event is sponsored by ProgressNow NM and starts at 9 am. Our panel begins at 1:15 pm. President Trump’s proposed border wall and promise to unleash a deportation force of border agents threatens to separate families, expand surveillance, sever tribal lands and private property, and disrupt important wildlife migration corridors. That’s why we’re all working together to fight the further militarization of our communities and wild lands. Come learn more at this event.

End of Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park?

SWEC was instrumental in getting the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park established a decade ago. Now the park is in trouble, due to budget cuts and low visitation rates. NM State Parks is considering some type of joint management arrangement with NM Department of Game and Fish. There will be an open house on Saturday, July 22, 10 am to 2 pm at the park to provide information to the public about the future of the park. If you care about this jewel along the Rio Grande near Mesilla, please attend. You might want to ask questions like the following:

  • Will the park continue to exist as a state park?
  • Which agency will manage it?
  • Will the focus of management continue to be on nature preservation, education and habitat restoration, or something else?
  • Will this arrangement with NMDGF be permanent, or only until there is more money for state parks?
  • Will hunting and fishing be allowed?
  • Will this arrangement result in greater promotion of the park, so that more people know about it and visit it?
  • Will the park’s classroom continue to exist, or will it be converted to offices?

For more info, contact NM State Parks at 888-667-2757.

SWEC’s latest newsletter now available

SWEC’s Summer 2017 Mesquite Grill newsletter is now available on our website or at the office. If you are a member, look for it soon in your mailbox. Note the article on page 4 and send us your ideas about what $25 billion could buy, instead of a border wall!

 

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