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Speak up for the Gila, Forest Updates, and More

By N.M. Wildlife Federation 
Submit Your Comment on the Gila Diversion!
We’ve written to you before about the ever-shifting Gila River diversion proposals, and the millions of dollars that has been spent on failed design and engineering plans. Up on a tight deadline, the New Mexico CAP Entity has finally submitted its proposed diversion project, and it’s short on details regarding the cost, design, beneficiaries, and amount of water to be drawn out of an already drying Gila River. Check out our infographic that highlights the history of this project, then join us in submitting comments against the Gila diversion today!
Upcoming Events:
  • July 18th: Sportswomen’s Meeting Albuquerque: Join the New Mexico Wildlife Federation and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers New Mexico Chapter at Bow and Arrow Brewing in Albuquerque for our next Sportswomen’s Meeting! This session will focus on everything you need to put in your pack for an overnight in the outdoors. All experience levels are welcome and your first beer is on us! Join us from 6 – 7:30 pm on July 18th.
  • July 28th: Hobbs Fishing Derby: The New Mexico Wildlife Federation is excited to partner with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish for a fishing derby in Roswell. Last year about 175 children participated in the day and we’re excited to lend a helping hand this time around!
Hunting in the US Versus Europe
Allie D’Andrea – a.k.a. Outdoors Allie – recently got invited to a social media summit in Croatia. While there, she realized how unique the concept of public land hunting is to the United States. Read about her experience on our website.
National Forest Closing Updates
As of Monday, July 9th the Santa Fe National Forest is scheduled to reopen! Due to dry conditions the Carson National Forest and San Juan National Forest remain closed. Join us in crossing our fingers for an active monsoon season!
Update on our Executive Director
As of July 1st, Garrett VeneKlasen left the New Mexico Wildlife Federation to take a position with Conservation Voters New Mexico. During his tenure as Executive Director he fought passionately for public lands, grew our staff, and lead NMWF into a new era. The entire staff thanks him for his time and wishes him the best in his new role!
In the coming months we will be launching a nationwide search for a new Executive Director. Todd Leahy, current Acting Executive Director, will stay on in this capacity until the position is filled.
Donate Your Unused Hunting Tags!
Did your hunting plans change? If you can’t use your hunting tag this season, you can now donate it for a youth to use through the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. The State Game Commission recently authorized the New Mexico Wildlife Federation to accept unused tags for youth 17 and younger to go hunting with donated licenses. We pride ourselves in our youth outreach and engagement and we’re excited to offer this opportunity to New Mexico youth throughout the state. To donate your unused tag to the New Mexico Wildlife Federation for a youth hunt, contact the Department of Game Fish Information Center, (888) 248-6866 or and tell them you’d like to donate your unused tag for a youth hunt to the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. It’s all about the next generation!

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