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October 2019 New Mexico Wildlife Federation Newsletter

Upcoming Events
Representatives from the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, National Wildlife Federation, Trout Unlimited and Defenders of Wildlife will speak about the Santa Fe and Carson forest management plans at a free event in Albuquerque on Oct. 9.
The event also will focus on getting people to submit their own comments in the forest-planning process to ensure that the final plans meet the needs of wildlife and preserve critical habitat and natural resources.
Comments are due by Nov. 7. Comments on the forest plans may be submitted electronically through this link:
The planning event starts at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 9, at Marble Brewery’s Northeast Heights location at 9904 Montgomery Blvd., NE, in Albuquerque. It’s part of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation’s monthly lecture series.
Recent NMWF Action:
Gila River Festival
Jesse Deubel, NMWF executive director, participated as a panelist at the 15th annual Gila River Festival.
The festival, Sept. 19-22, featured a range of speakers who emphasized the importance of preserving the state’s last free-flowing river.
Earlier in the month, the Grant County Commission passed a resolution recognizing the special values of the Gila headwaters and supporting any future federal legislation that would protect those waters under the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
Jesse Deubel, NMWF executive director, told the New Mexico State Game Commission that the federation supports continued legal trapping in the state.
Deubel’s comments, at the Sept. 18 commission in Cloudcroft, came in support of proposed rule changes that would include new restrictions on trapping near the state’s largest cities and near established trailheads. The rule change continues to advance in the commission despite opposition from some ranchers and trappers.
Joanna Prukop, chair of the game commission, said at the meeting that while the commission is listening to the concerns of ranchers and trappers, the rule change is intended to preserve the overall viability of trapping in the state. Proposals to outlaw trapping in the state entirely have been introduced in the recent legislative sessions.
Wildlife Funding
Jesse Deubel, NMWF executive director, traveled to Washington, D.C., in September to meet with federal officials and encourage members of the state’s congressional delegation to support the passage of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act and support full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would put up $1.4 billion annually for efforts to restore essential habitat and implement conservation strategies for a wide range of species nationwide.
Earlier this year, Congress voted overwhelmingly to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund at $900 million annually. The fund collects money from offshore energy production and uses it to acquire public lands.
The U.S. House has proposed nearly $525 million in LWCF funding for Fiscal Year 2020. The Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Voted. Sept. 24 to recommend only $465 million in funding.
Climate Change
The New Mexico Wildlife Federation helped to organize an event in support of immediate action to address climate change.
Called “New Mexico Rising — Making a Difference,” the event occurred Sept. 6-7 in Albuquerque.
Top New Mexico officials and world-renowned anthropologist Jane Goodall voiced support for addressing climate disruption in recorded statements played at the event.
Dr. David Gutzler, a professor at the University of New Mexico Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, said there’s no doubt the world in general and New Mexico in particular are getting warmer.
New Mexico’s Wildlife Future
September’s NMWF wildlife lecture series featured Blair O. Wolf, a professor of biology at the University of New Mexico. He spoke about the challenges facing New Mexico wildlife over the next 50 years as a result of climate change.
Wolf, who serves on the NMWF board, detailed a grim future facing the state including rising temperatures, dying forests and perpetual drought.
Wolf said future warming will hit aquatic ecosystems, especially streams and rivers, particularly hard. At higher temperatures, the metabolic rates of fish such as trout and salmon rise while the oxygen content of the water falls.
His Sept. 11 address was part of the federation’s monthly wildlife lecture program at Marble Brewery’s Northeast Heights location.
NMWF Hires ECHO Program Director
Sarah Candelaria, an outdoor enthusiast and educator, has started work as the ECHO (Early Childhood Health Outdoor) Program Director for the NMWF. Sarah lives on a small urban farm in Albuquerque with her family. She attended Chaminade University in Honolulu Hawaii, and graduated with a bachelor’s of science in Early Childhood Education.
The ECHO program is dedicated to providing children with daily access to outdoor learning environments. The program is based on research that shows that by improving the design of outdoor spaces through affordable interventions and training, early childhood professionals, young children and early childhood programs enjoy substantial benefits:
_Children are more physically active in the outdoors and engage in social interactions more often.
_Children and providers enjoy naturalized outdoor spaces and spend more time outside, supporting healthy behaviors.
_Hands-on gardening encourages the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables.
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