SWEC to Join Border Wall Protests in South Texas

August 8, 2017

Feds Release Mexican Wolf “Extinction” Plan–Your Comments Needed!

A draft recovery plan for the endangered Mexican wolf released by the Trump administration is bad news for lobos. It would suppress wolf numbers, sharply limit their distribution and hand over the rare wolves’ management to political appointees on state game commissions that have a long history of opposing wolves. The feds need to hear from people like you who care about wolves. Comments on the plan are due August 29th. Please take a moment to tell the feds that their “extinction” plan needs to be scrapped and a real recovery plan created.  Click here to learn more and submit your comments. Thank you!

NM Wants to Close State Park–Your Comments Needed!

When the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park opened in 2006 near Las Cruces as New Mexico’s first park in 30 years, people were excited. It was the culmination of years of efforts by the local community to get the park established, spearheaded by the Southwest Environmental Center. Now State Parks wants to hand the park over to another state agency because it says it doesn’t have the money to keep it open. SWEC opposes this move and has called on State Parks to find alternative solutions. Comments on the transfer are being accepted until August 25th. Send comments to nmparks@state.nm.us. Please speak up for this natural treasure!

SWEC to Join Border Wall Protests in South Texas

SWEC staff will be traveling to the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas this weekend to join protests against the imminent construction of the border wall in one of the most important wildlife areas in the U.S, including a federal wildlife refuge and national butterfly preserve. Soil testing in preparation for construction has already begun in the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, a 2000+ acre reserve created to protect endangered species such as ocelots and jaguarundis, as well as more than 400 species of birds. The wall will slice right through the refuge. Animals trapped between the wall and the Rio Grande will drown if the river floods. Actions planned this weekend include a dawn procession led by religious leaders and a protest hike through Santa Ana NWR. Participants are expected to come from around the U.S. Join us if you can!

 

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