Wednesday, July 20, 2016
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance - Working to Save the Gila Region
Geoffrey Scovil, an attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico, centers his practice on defending vulnerable individuals and protecting their constitutional rights. As an Albuquerque resident, Geoffrey Scovil also supports the efforts of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance.
The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance represents a collaboration between ranchers, environmentalists, policymakers, scientists, and others who care about New Mexico’s natural beauty. These diverse groups come together to protect and preserve the state’s undeveloped wilderness and the animals who call it home.
The organization is currently focused on a few large-scale projects, including the Gila Campaign. Illegal grazing, mining, and recreational use of off-road vehicles threaten the Gila region, New Mexico’s largest wilderness and one of the most biodiverse parts of the state.
As part of the campaign, some 50 scientists are working to document the state of the Gila and identify the human behavior that jeopardizes its survival. Their continued fight against damming or diverting the river and other intrusive human activities could keep the area pristine for generations to come.