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New Mexico Wilderness

On December 10, 2014 LightHawk provided an aerial tour of the proposed Columbine-Hondo and Pecos Wilderness areas with New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (NMWA) for council members of the Picuris and Taos Pueblos.

Group photo of the Taos Pueblo council member. VP Hal Hayden, center.

This bird's-eye view showed the rugged areas NMWA is looking to protect which are crucial for safeguarding major watersheds for the Pueblos. "Lighthawk continues to be a valuable partner for some of the campaign work we do in northern New Mexico," remarked NMWA Director John Olivas. "[Flights give] elected officials, Native American pueblos, grazing permitees, business owners and other important partners the opportunity to [understand] the value in protecting mountains in northern New Mexico."

Columbine-Hondo Wilderness. image: NWMA

Days after this latest flight one of many supporting their efforts, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance celebrated passage of the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act (S. 776/H.R. 1683), as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 3879). The bill now sits on the president's desk for signing. The Columbine Hondo provision in the legislation will protect 45,000 acres of incredible wildlife habitat, an important source of clean water, and a prized hunting and fishing destination.Picuris Pueblo Gov. Richard Mermejo, right seat, with VP Hal Hayden. image NMWA

LightHawk provides sustained support of conservation campaigns through the generosity of our skilled volunteer pilots. Thank you to the following volunteer pilots who flew in support of NMWA and the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness:

Dan Downing

Steven Garman

Barry Harper

Hal Hayden

Richard Hoover

Pavel Lukes

Merry Schroeder

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