Bold Visions Conservation

The mission of Bold Visions Conservation is to protect, preserve and restore the wild lands, waters and wildlife through advocacy, education and spirited community involvement.

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Our Pledge


To work harder with your investment, deploying a smaller staff devoted strictly to conservation.


We will rely on experienced people who make conservation their life, not a hobby. We will ask you for funding twice a year and at the holidays, we will not bombard you weekly with funding drives. We will share our revenue with you in annual reports and audits.


We will take you to the wild lands: to see firsthand their needs, their beauty and allow you to participate in their restoration.


We will be a voice—a powerful one—for wolves, wilderness, and for common sense protections of our lands. We will hold our elected leaders and government agencies responsible for their actions; we will empower you to be a conservation voice.


We will maintain a small, powerful Board; one that is fully focused on our goals and a conservation legacy.


We will work directly with the Art Community, to promote the connection between art and conservation in the many forms that may take. We are more powerful through creative ventures.


We will work with our younger generation to ensure them a better, more protected future.


We will continue to be innovative and above all bold in our vision and actions for wild lands and wildlife across the state.


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A message from

Wesley Leonard, Board Member

"I am pleased to lend my support to  Bold Vision Conservation. While our primary emphasis will be on specific campaigns to protect and restore the wildlife, waters and wild landscapes of New Mexico, we also will examine the larger context in which these and other conservation challenges exist.


 Our mandate comes from Aldo Leopold’s ” land ethic” which states that “ the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts...The land ethic simply enlarges the boundary of the community to include soils, waters, plants, animals.” We also follow Albert Schweitzer’s teachings that “ (Man)is united with all life that is in nature...and (must) realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all this life.”


I believe that in the next few years we will have significant new opportunities to protect wild places in New Mexico and also address a variety of other issues that affect the health and well being of the ecosystem as a whole. I invite you to join with me in this exciting new effort to make this “Bold Vision” a reality.

The Bold Visions Mission

The mission of Bold Visions Conservation is to protect, preserve and restore the wild lands, waters and wildlife of the American West through advocacy, education and spirited community involvement.


Using wilderness as a proven model and following John Muir’s concept of the “web of life,” BVC will work not only to address specific threats to special places, but will also strive to educate the public on the interrelated and underlying causes of such threats.


This will involve an examination of how over population, predator control, global climate change, unsustainable energy and industrial growth, contribute to the destruction of these special wild places.


Hard work, experienced and powerful advocacy, as well as a bold vision, will be needed to achieve our goal.

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the people behind Bold Visions Conservation

Welcome Mike Ranson, BVC's New Board Member!

Stephen Capra, Executive Director


Born and raised in New York City, Capra discovered the importance of wild nature while in college at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. After heading west he finished a two-year photography program at Colorado Mountain College and began his photography and exploration of the West. Hiking and camping across the West, Canada and Alaska.


He returned to college in San Francisco to focus on Journalism. He then worked for the Wilderness Society on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Campaign in Washington, DC.


He left to walk the length of the Continental Divide from Mexico to Canada to raise awareness for the Arctic Refuge giving talks along the 3200 mile hike. It was during this hike, that his passion for wilderness and wildlife began to burn forever. He witnessed the beauty of wild nature and the sometimes destructive forces of man.


In 2000, he moved to New Mexico and began working for the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, starting the Otero Mesa campaign, and then becoming Executive Director. He planned and directed the campaigns on Mexican Wolf protection, Rio Grande del Norte, and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Campaigns. Capra resigned in December of 2012, to form Bold Visions Conservation.



Mike Ranson


Mike Ranson is a man passionate about protecting about wild places. As the Executive officer of the Robert Q. Ranson Family Trust, he sees conservation as an extension of his family’s vision and values. Mike loves fishing and spends his time along the southern coast. It is there that his passion and conviction is that no off-shore drilling should occur. He also feels that stopping it is the fight of this generation! Mike has spent his life in North Carolina and is dedicated to protecting its wild places.

Joe Adair, Associate Director


is a photographer, web and graphic designer and an activist for progressive causes. Joe has an extensive business marketing background, and is creating the look and feel of this new organization, challenging preconceived notions about what a conservation group is and what their website should look like.


Joe grew up in Albuquerque, but started doing business in Los Angeles in 1980, as an owner's assistant for Project Control, Inc., at the $350 million Getty Oil World Headquarters high rise construction project in Universal City. After completion, he moved up to project manager for the $100 million renovation of the Getty Museum Art Restoration Facilities. After Getty, he became project analyst for FNMA's 350+ multi-unit housing projects statewide in California.


As an analyst Joe gained early computer expertise that spurred him to change industries in the LA construction slump of 1983. He joined First Computer; first as a programmer, then he sold and consulted to early-adopting Hollywood clients. He came to be known as "computer guy to the stars," and was named to LA Business Journal's Computer 100.


Joe implemented groundbreaking technology, including the first writer's network with ABC and Paramount, and the first live synthesized music on stage with Stevie Wonder. He later consulted Sony, MGM/UA and Universal in planning multi-million dollar computer installations. He also handled vendor relations, marketing and customer relations for the $50 million a year company.


In 1996 he formed the world's first online software distributorship in Los Angeles, then later in Seattle, WA, which also became the world's first BBB online-authorized business.


In 1998, after a brutal lawsuit with Microsoft, Joe regrouped and joined Freedom Communications, Inc. in Phoenix as lead designer. In 2000 he was named to Freedom's Millennium 100, for his reorganization of the Phoenix design workflow.


In 2002 he returned to Albuquerque and became politically active, working first with environmental causes, then on political issues and campaigns. In 2007 he added photography to his repertoire, and he integrates his photos into his design work.


Joe is currently immersed in social media. BVC has quickly gathered over 50,000 followers on, and used their 25,000 Stop Animal Violence members to stop a prairie dog slaughter in progress, in Clovis, New Mexico. Our effort to Stop Trapping in America by 2020 became the #1 Cause in the Animal, Environment and Politics categories, gathering 25,000 Actions in less than 72 hours.



Maryanne O'Meara, Administration


has been a tireless volunteer for conservation groups in Albuquerque for more than 10 years, since her retirement from the University of New Mexico.


Maryanne assists in grant preparation, bookkeeping and anywhere she can help Bold Visions' conservation efforts. She is also our largest donor.


We can't function without her!

Toni Otello, Board Member

New York City


Toni grew up in New York City and spent part of her childhood upstate new york  where she delighted in the beauty of the natural environment and developed a lasting awe and respect for wilderness and the outdoors.  She enjoyed going to areas where there were no telephone wires or  evidence of technology and dreamed of living in a rustic domicile in harmony and balance with nature.


In 1970, the first EarthDay and the nascent environmental movement was a catylyst to a lifelong committment to protect and save the earth from the ravages of human folly and greed.

She used to collect the family's cans and bottles and demand that her skeptical parents drive her to a recycling plant to deposit them responsibly.


In 1988,  she left NYC and settled in  San Francisco to pursue a career in Shiatsu and Eastern healing.  Her free time was devoted to hiking and camping in Northern California -  Point Reyes National Seashore, Yosemite and Sequoia Kings Canyon, to name a few areas.  She also spent time in Colorado enjoying their public lands.


After 12 years on the West Coast and achievement of a nursing degree,  NYC beckoned and she now  lives in Harlem with a mini sanctuary of cats rescued from NYC streets. She works as a nurse practitioner with the frail elderly community, walks 3 miles to work daily, and is involved in political activism, especially as it relates to protecting the dignity and well-being of the wilderness, the oceans, climate change,  and the rights  of animals to remain in their natural habitat, free from greedy human intrusion and destruction.   Her cats are but a small representation of her passion for all creatures. She is a strong supporter of wolves, whales, bears and supports our efforts to protect them.  She opposes trapping, the inhumane treament of farm animals, and over fishing of the oceans. She maintains a sustainably raised  vegetable-based diet due to  her respect for and solidarity with her animal brethren and resolves to protect them at all costs.


Additionally, Toni is a strong advocate for youth education and for introducing city children to nature and wilderness.

She loves our public lands and vacationing  to areas where she can explore our Conservation heritage. She is appalled at the spectre of an avaricious Trump administration whose allegiance is to the oil and coal industries. She is committed to doing whatever she can do to .attain and maintain environmental regulations and protections.

Over 100 years ago, President Theodore Roosevelt and others had the wisdom and forsight to establish the national parks and monuments, precisely to protect our national heritage - the amazing natural beauty of the United States-  from the greed and profiteering we are witnessing as this false president elect, who lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, assembles a cabinet of oil moguls and climate deniers.

Ms. Otello vows to help Bold Visions in its mission to protect the wilderness and public lands of this great Country while serving as a member of the Board of Directors.



Wesley Leonard


For more than four decades, Wesley Leonard has helped inspire and lead the movement to protect wilderness in the southwest.


Aided by his ability to articulate the values of wilderness, knowledge of the land earned from countless hours spent in wild places, and an enthusiasm for getting out on the ground, he has been involved in the passage of several wilderness bills and has successfully defended wild places from oil development and  other threats.


He worked for the designation of the Apache Kid Wilderness in New Mexico. Leonard also worked to protect wilderness in Guadalupe Mountains National Park and Carlsbad Caverns National Park. He fought oil drilling in the Guadalupe Mountains, and worked as a volunteer backcountry ranger for Guadalupe Mountains National Park.


In the 70s and 80s Wesley helped get 25,000 acres in the Franklin Mountains designated as a Texas state park. In 1997, he was a founding member of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and served as board chair for NMWA for six years.


Prior to that Leonard served three terms as chairman of the El Paso Regional Group of the Sierra Club. Leonard has been honored as a “wilderness hero” by the Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society, and Pew’s Campaign for America’s Wilderness. He has been employed by the BLM, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and is retired from the University of Texas at El Paso where he directed the Center for Environmental Resource Management.


He lives with his wife, Mary, in Albuquerque, NM.

Arturo Sandoval, Board Member


is president and founder of VOCES, Inc., a communications and organizational development firm with headquarters in Albuquerque and with offices in Denver, Colorado and Chihuahua City, México.


He is also the founder and president of the Center of Southwest Culture, Inc., a non-profit organization that helps develop healthy indigenous and Latino communities through economic development initiatives and educational and cultural work in the US and Mexico.


He has 45 years of experience in the fields of communications, fund development and organizational development.  He has worked as an award-winning print journalist, television news anchor, news photographer and editor fully fluent and literate in Spanish and English.  He has served as a public relations and media specialist in government and in the private sector. He has provided organizational development services to countless community-based organizations, large companies and government, both nationally and internationally.  He has won many awards for his work and has published both nationally and internationally in leading newspapers and journals.


His interest and involvement in environmental and civil rights issues is long-standing.


For example, he served in Washington, DC, as a member of the national organizing team –in the capacity of Western Regional Coordinator-- of the first Earth Day in 1970.  He was a member of the executive committee of the New Mexico Conservation Voters Alliance. He is founding vice-president of the Sawmill Community Development Corporation and Land Trust board of directors in Albuquerque, NM. He


He has been a Chicano civil rights activist for more than 40 years. In that period, he co-founded United Mexican American Students at the University of New Mexico; they founded Chicano Studies and Chicano Student Services at UNM; they also helped Mexicano janitors and service workers at the university organize into a union.


He has worked with land grant activists to create sustainable economic enterprises, helped organize New Mexico’s first bilingual theatre company, and was instrumental in founding or creating more than 30 organizations, unions and collaborations across New Mexico in culture, economic development and civil rights.


Sandoval is the founder and director of the Cooperative Development Center of New Mexico, a technical assistance organization helping to create economic co-ops in organic farming, ecotourism and affordable housing in poor, underserved communities. He is chairman of 516 Arts, a museum-quality gallery in downtown Albuquerque; he is president of the Quivira Coalition.  He served on the national board of the General Service Foundation; he is founding vice-president of Rio Grande Return, Inc., an organization dedicated to preserving the Rio Grande and the farmers living and producing crops alongside it; he is the founder and president of the Latino Sustainability Institute, a New Mexico statewide Latino conservation organization, and has served on many other national and regional boards.


Sandoval is a native of Española, NM and has lived most of his life in New Mexico. He currently resides in Albuquerque, NM.

Jerry Black, Board Member

Missoula, Montana


Prior Residences……Worcester, Mass: Los Alamos, NM: Miami, Fla: Pago Pago, American Samoa, Angeles City, Phillipines, Honolulu, Hawaii, Seattle, Wa, Missoula, Mt: Roslyn, Wa.Tucson, Ariz. Redmond, Wa.



Retired Pilot Northwest Airlines (now Delta)

Nursery Owner…Black Creek Fruit Tree Co.

Shit Salesman (moAose poop) and President….Moosecense LLC

Rep for Next Level Northwest, a football recruiting service



30 years wildlife/wildlands activist (fought developments in Washington State to prevent ecological damage to wetlands and streams.)


Became a wolf and grizzly advocate in 2003 when I moved to Montana

Co-founded "AFootloose Montana", a non-profit anti trapping group

Coached both baseball and football for 8 years in Seattle Area.


Organic gardener

Single father…raised 2 kids, both of which are wildlife advocates …

Enjoy: wildlife watching, hiking, fly fishing, skiing, tracking wildlife, and spending time with my kids and grandson, my dogs, and my cats