Friday, March 10, 2017
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance's Gila Campaign
Geoffrey Scovil is an an Albuquerque-based attorney who earned his juris doctor degree in 1996 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. When he isn't advocating for clients in habeas corpus cases, Geoff Scovil actively supports numerous pioneering non-profit organizations such as the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (NMWA).
Founded in 1997, the NMWA is committed to protecting and restoring the state's wild lands and wilderness areas through advocacy, stewardship, and federal wilderness designations. One of the non-profit's most prevalent wilderness protection campaigns involves the Gila Wilderness, New Mexico's largest wilderness area. NMWA's goal, aside from further expansion of designated wilderness, is to have the Gila River and numerous other eligible streams secure Wild and Scenic status.
Since 2013 NMWA citizen scientists have been hiking and taking inventory of the Gila National Forest, surveying more than 100 miles of the Gila River and documenting more than 250,000 acres of wild land. A land use plan revision is currently being created with early suggestions for recreation development and opportunities for solitude, as well as human impacts and infrastructure.