CONSERVATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

BOLD VISIONS' GOAL

To see that wolves are managed scientifically, as a part of a healthy ecosystem.

wolves

Wolves are in danger from so many sources, that this page needs more actionable items, but it's getting better.

by Stephen Capra

 

It’s ironic in so many ways; we live in a time where the earth as we know it is literally crying out in pain. The pain which comes from a human race at war with nature, a place that once was such a part of people’s lives is now something that stands in the way of profits, lifestyles beyond measure, and helps to define a world lacking in love and in need of therapy. For nature is perhaps our best reflection of love on earth.

 

It is not that it cannot be cruel or unforgiving; it is that in its purest form, it perfectly reflects harmony, life, evolution and beauty. Nothing synthesizes wild nature more than the wolf. It is the perdurable life force which reveals that nature is alive!

 

Today we confront not just ranchers, who since their first steps in the new world have killed, trapped and destroyed any sense of wildness they could find, but also the truly sick and phlegmatic response of so many who call themselves “conservationists”. You see, at a time when wild nature is literally screaming for help, we have created a corporate world of conservation. In such a structure, which I have lived in but was never welcome, the smartest person in the room, is the one most willing to compromise. The one that name drops politicians, the one with advanced degrees, who has spent no more than four days in wild nature at a time, is the true master.

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So today, we are witnessing a slaughter in the north: with governors and Game and Fish departments in lock-step to kill. We have groups like Defenders on record supporting wolf killing for sport, while they continue to work directly with ranchers and waste time and money with an effort that is doomed to failure.

All of this time, these so-called conservation groups are not only bringing in money from fundraising and bequests, but from major foundations that cannot see beyond the word compromise. So it becomes a self-perpetuating prophecy.

 

The idea that we can make “incremental change” while helpful, is a losing proposition. US Fish and Wildlife Service is happy to move slowly towards incremental change, but always by opening the door to more killing and less restriction. Some argue that the myriad of approaches is simply the best solution for it allows for voices on many fronts; but such a diversity of voices is choked by a pointed solidarity amongst the livestock industry.

 

The earth is crying, while wild nature is collapsing. Yet at the very time when the urgency could not be greater, we have people committed to a milk toast approach to protection. It’s time that the conservation world is turned upside down! It begins with passion, conviction and a determination to create real change and stop compromising.  I may despise republican Ted Cruz of Texas, but in a New Yorker article he said it well about the realities of the Republican Party when he said people tell him , “You crazy republicans have to give up on what you believe and become more like democrats,” Cruz responded “And I would note, every time Republicans do that we lose.” That says it all about the state of the conservation movement.

 

So how do we move forward?

 

It starts with a simple commitment that we agree upon. No wolf should be killed-period. Now some will say that will never fly, perhaps. But you do not begin the debate by compromising. That is not the seed for real passion on the issue.

 

Wolves should be allowed to recover all lands they once occupied.

 

Trapping must be banned-period. Sport hunting for predators must end.

 

Ranchers must be forced, as part of their current leases to sign a no kill clause related to predators or face the loss of the lease.

 

We must create a vision for people to gravitate to, not a science filled glossary. We have a symbol in the wolf that is hard to not strike a cord and a story of revival, family and health of the land that is simply a script any Hollywood producer would love.

 

We must be tough and willing to speak out and demand so much more from the likes of Jon Tester or Butch Otter- in other words all elected officials. We are the majority, yet we cower and convince ourselves that compromise is the only solution.

 

Our conscience tells us otherwise.

 

Stop trying to organize rural communities and ranchers, get the voice and muscle of urban communities launched and loud. The opposition has made sure any support in these communities we garner, are made pariahs.

 

It is essential that small conservation groups, ones that are fighting the battle in Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Michigan, North Carolina  and Wisconsin, the list goes on, form a coalition, or perhaps a CO-OP that allows us to push together for grants from foundations and to share our voice in unison. The voice of thirty organizations will soon drown out the tired voice of two or three major national groups blessed with so-called 'reason.'

 

The food chain of conservation works this way. Start with a small conservation group, get paid next to nothing, but continue to make friends with those working with larger groups-Defenders of Wildlife, NRDC, the Wilderness Society, and the Sierra Club, etc. Move to one of the towns where such people live: Durango, Bozeman, Denver, Seattle, Santa Fe and Washington; this ironically is where you will find many of the Foundations.

 

In such an environment, moving up means being a good foot soldier, handle conference calls, organize meetings, stay on scripted quotes in the press, never show emotion and always be willing to compromise. That makes you professional. Before you know it, you are working either for a foundation or a major national conservation group and now you are living in a great town and are be paid well.

 

I mention all of this to put into perspective what we are facing in trying to protect wolves. Major national conservation groups, those with operating budgets in the millions of dollars per year are killing efforts to protect wolves and the reason is simple: they are compromising away that simple thing called nature so that they can live well, continue to grow and keep earning a serious paycheck. It also requires that issues like the wolf continue to be a fundraising bonanza for said groups. It also means staying close with politicians, compromising, so that they remain relevant. While this is true to some extent, it also encourages the back-room deals that are killing wild nature.

 

About seven years ago I spoke at length with a foundation located in the Northwest about bringing conservationists together to work on gaining a solid and unified plan for protecting wolves. The meeting occurred in Albuquerque. At the meeting several of us spoke at length about taking on the ranching community and fighting for all wolves. Many of us in the meeting were confronted by lots of scientific jargon, the idea of compromise and within two months I was removed from the very group I pushed to begin. Why? Because  really saving wolves, fighting to end trapping and sport killing is perceived as radical, dangerous to the structured plan and because several key national groups-Defenders  and others did not want anyone but them to lead the charge on wolves.

 

Foundations must also feel the heat. They are not accustomed to scrutiny, but they can be influenced by collective voices demanding not compromise, but rather Bold Action to save our wolves.

 

This will require tough stands and vigilance, protests and far more than letter writing. We must educate the public, not pacify them.

 

Some say you cannot fight the livestock industry without losing elected officials and others. I do not like the term Tea Party and find them a horrible chapter in our country. However, the conservation community of today needs a serious wake up call and it’s important that those of us that put wild nature first band together and stop using the term 'conservationist,' for it perfectly reflects the image of compromise. Instead we must become the Nature First wing of the environmental movement!

 

You can be strong, without being radical; you can earn respect without compromise. You can make change with conviction, but you cannot succeed without heart.

 

So many of us want to see a West that  is thriving, free of things like oil and fossil fuels, rivers without dams, land void of fence.  Places where bears and bison, cities and rural communities can co-exist and share in the bounty of clean water and clear skies. We can begin to see that horizon, but it will require a tough fight, one that makes clear, public lands belong to all Americans, not a group of self-righteous individuals and many who hate all that is the commons we share. The fight over wolves represents more than wolves: it’s about the fate of the land and the bounty that once was the promise of America.

 

They should face a phasing in of a methane tax, which would go towards rangeland restoration.

 

Buyouts of leases should be encouraged and supported with federal earmarks.

 

We must make our intentions clear: Livestock grazing on public lands must be phased out in X amount of years.

 

We have watched the coal industry follow the steel industry, auto manufacturers, follow tobacco farmers- the list is endless and there comes a time when the economy forces change in the work world. Ranchers for far too long have lived on the dole and created a disaster of the public lands in the West.  They have not been responsible, but rather greedy. It will take several generations of work in restoration of lands, streams and riparian areas etc. The very people, who destroyed it, should be employed to heal it.

 

Game and Fish Departments must be overhauled. It begins by a constant pressure on ethics and ways to create a wall between the livestock industry and the Departments. These departments are nothing less than killing machines that work for livestock and outfitters, to the demise of predators. They must be forced to base decisions on science, not lobbying.

No species speaks wildness nor lives it life as fully as the wolf. From the northern gray, to the red and Mexican, they remain iconic. Yet, they have been the subject of misinformation and an indiscriminate killing spree by the US Government for far too long.

The war has started up once again, the result of weak politicians, the old school rage of ranchers and by some in the sportsmen community and outfitters.

Conservation groups by and large pressed a path of reaching out to ranchers and rural communities in hopes of creating working coalitions. However the history of many in the ranching community is one of mistrust and many in the Tea Party Movement are opening the door to class warfare, and the wolf has become yet again of stupidity.

Our goal is simple, we will not allow this to continue, we must organize the urban communities of all states involve and press our clear advantage in population and voices.

We must make the point that as a rancher it is a privilege, not a right to graze on federal lands, and part of that privilege should be to SHARE the lands with wolves.

Our voice can make the difference. Ranchers and others have been passionate about killing; we must show far more passion and demand life, for wolves. We must also demand real science, not cooked science that fits a conservative political agenda.

Read our plan below and become part of the solution, the time for action and fight is NOW!

wolves

NORTHWESTERN GRAY WOLVES

canis lupus occidentalis

The Northwestern gray wolf is the iconic resident of Yellowstone National Park. Even though it made a great comeback from the brink of extinction under federal protection, it is now subject to organized killing contests, trapping and sport.  In Idaho alone, 288 wolves will be killed, sanctioned by their own Fish & Game Department. We think a ban on Idaho potatoes will help pressure the state to reconsider their policy.

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The Will to Change

An Action Plan for Wolf Recovery

ARCTIC WOLVES

canis lupus nubilus

Arctic wolves inhabit the Arctic regions of North America and Greenland. Thanks to its isolation, the Arctic wolf is not threatened by hunting and habitat destruction in the same way as its southern relatives. The arctic wolf lives mainly on muskox, arctic hares and caribou.

MEXICAN GRAY WOLVES

canis lupus baileyi

Hunted to extinction in the wild, a captive breeding program resulted in their release back into the wild in 1998. Thanks to the new wolf rules imposed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service, they are once again subject to killing by ranchers with little restriction. Sadly, he Mexican wolf is indeed in danger of extinction once again.

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RED WOLVES

canis rufus

The red wolf  is one of the world's most endangered canids. Once common throughout the eastern and south-central United States, red wolf populations were decimated by the early part of the 20th Century as a result of intensive predator control programs and the degradation of the species' habitat. The red wolf was designated an endangered species in 1967,  the USFWS initiated efforts to conserve the species.

Great Plains Wolf

canis lupus nubilus

This is "Two Socks" from Dances With Wolves. The Great Plains wolf was thought to be extinct, until some were discovered in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Still, it's huge domain that once stretched from Manitoba to Texas is a great goal for restoration of this iconic species.

The Commission of Evil

Stephen Capra

 

In a crowded room at the Santa Fe Community College last Thursday, we were witness to the latest failure of a commission designed to support and enhance wildlife in our state. The question before them was the continued use of Ted Turner’s ranch as a staging area for the release of the Mexican wolf.

This commission was clearly wary, after an earlier meeting in November on this subject; they found themselves shouted down by citizens, who were disgusted by the commission's actions, and their determination to slaughter all wolves in our state. This time they took great strides to state that wolves were here to stay, that really the issue here was a technicality; one that their arcane system sadly could not support, but, hey, we can find a way forward at a later date.

 

Translation: we will defuse the situation now, and continue to obfuscate wolf recovery in every way possible. Our newest commissioner, Elizabeth Atkinson Ryan, an oil and gas attorney from Roswell and a member of the Safari Club ( a group that kills wildlife internationally for trophies,) made a long and grating explanation of why they could not change the Chairman's decision to deny permit renewal for Turner's Ladder Ranch. At times, other commissioners chimed in with their message that they supported wolves but “unfortunately” they could not support Turner, well because, they just could not break ranks with the Chairman, but hey, “we support wolves.”

 

This was met with 'sardonic' laughter from the audience, many of whom have witnessed the complete slaughter of wildlife at the hands of these seven republican cowards. Several minute later, they voted 7-0 to end the release program at Turner's Ranch, while loudly inviting them to reapply and “meet this commission half way.”

 

The real question in all of this is clear: how much longer must we allow this commission to exist? How much longer can we allow the indiscriminate killing of wildlife to continue?

 

Aldo Leopold fought our Governors at the turn of the last century to allow the choice of the Game Warden to be controlled by sportsmen. After a bruising battle, he lost and the Governor continued to select Wardens; usually a perk to a major donor. Little has changed in the past century, only now we have a commission of seven people, none of whom have a real concept of biodiversity.

 

It is biodiversity that must be at the core of every decision; that is why the concept of a commission has long ago grown "archaic," in Chairman Kienzle's own words. We do not need a commission controlled by sportsmen, ranchers or oil and gas interests. We need an agency run by a director, that is given a clear mission: every action we take must be taken to enhance biodiversity.

No

Puppy Love

in NM

By Elizabeth Miller

 

Somewhere amid the Big Bad Wolf propaganda, the story of Mowgli gets lost. Remember Mowgli, the man-cub raised by wolves? That tendency of wolves to take in something not quite their own was what the US Fish and Wildlife Service hoped to utilize this summer when it applied to New Mexico’s Department of Game and Fish for a permit to release two adult wolves and up to 10 pups to “cross-foster” into existing wild wolf dens. The practice places captive-bred pups with wild parents who have pups within a week of the same age.

 

“The ultimate goal of that is for us to get new genetic material out into the field population, and also have a proven wild female or wild pack be able to raise those pups,” says Jeff Humphrey, public affairs specialist with the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Arizona office. “So you’ve got a female or a pack that has a good track record of preying on elk not cattle, and we can insert those pups so that they could become properly behaved wild pups and contribute their genetics a year, two years down the road to the larger wild population.”

 

Imagine, as many as 10 wolf puppies tumbling around the Gila, learning to cull sick elk from herds, keep ungulates moving so they don’t overgraze stream banks and compromise habitat for fish and aquatic life and generally make for a healthier ecosystem.

 

But New Mexico’s Department of Game and Fish said no.

 

“We don’t know what the end game is for the Mexican wolf population, and so at this point, the department is not in support of the Mexican Wolf Program,” New Mexico Game and Fish Director Alexa Sandoval said during the May 7 meeting of the state Game Commission.

 

Since the Game Commission guides the policies of Game and Fish, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has asked the commission to reconsider the director’s ruling during its Sept. 29 meeting in Albuquerque. It’s a bit of a moot point, pup season having come and gone, but the agency’s hope is that getting this year’s applications approved will pave the way for next year.

 

This rarest subspecies of wolf has taken almost a decade longer than anticipated to limp toward the population goal of 100, set before their initial release into the wild in 1998. New Mexico fought the release then, and reintroduced wolves were set loose only in Arizona. They have since spread as far into the state as just south of I-40, west of Albuquerque, roaming 4.4 million acres over New Mexico’s Gila National Forest and Arizona’s Apache National Forest.

Wolves in our state face one clear future if commissions such as this remain; there will be a hunting season and that is a disaster for wolves in the wild. There will be a trapping season on wolves and that is a moral outrage. There will be a continued spreading of ignorance and fear about an animal that is perfectly designed to enhance biodiversity and improve the natural balance of wildlife, while improving the land.

At Bold Visions Conservation, our mission for the past several years has been to disband this commission. Their actions and appointments are slaughtering wolves, bears, mountain lions and coyotes. They are not here to enhance wildlife, but to cater to special interests in the livestock, oil and gas and fringe farming communities. They speak of hunting as though it was a 365 day a year enterprise. They want our children to learn to kill, to trap and to carry the same disregard for animals that they display every meeting.

 

The saying goes you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig. This commission represents nothing but pure evil. They are a group of political insiders that relish their role in the slaughter of innocent wildlife. There is no redemption, no reason to hope things will change, and we must simply end their reign of terror.

We must also work to change the charter of the State Game and Fish Department which currently is a rambling statement of support for off-road vehicles, shooting wild game, support trapping, etc. This mission needs to focus like a laser on one thing: enhancing biodiversity!

 

Disbandment and Game & Fish Department reform will not happen overnight, but if we are to truly help wildlife and improve our lands and waters, we cannot accept the status quo. We must create this change for the next generation; it is our gift and our moral imperative for our children and the generations to come: a gift and action of respect, to the animals that so enhance our lives.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service recently set a new population goal of up to 325, a number still not considered “recovered” on a level that would see the Mexican wolf delisted, but a healthy step in that direction from a goal that sat at 100 for more than 30 years. The agency is revisiting the entire plan for Mexican wolf management and expects to have that finalized by the end of 2017. Its concern now has less to do with the headcount in the wild and more to do with the fact that almost all of the wolves in the wild are about as genetically similar as siblings.

 

“We have the need for increased releases of wolves so that we can sort of dilute the relatedness of the population,” says Maggie Dwire, assistant Mexican wolf recovery coordinator for the Fish and Wildlife Service, “so that when animals disperse, they have a chance of meeting an animal that’s not related to them so then gene diversity can increase and inbreeding can go down.”

 

“The time to infuse that new genetic diversity is now—that’s the sense of urgency we have in working with New Mexico for permitting and bringing wolves to the population,” Humphrey says.

 

The Turner Endangered Species Fund also approached the Game Commission this year for a renewed permit to hold Mexican wolves in captivity at Ladder Ranch, and their application was also denied. That ranch is adjacent to the Mexican wolf recovery area and would have eased cross-fostering. Pups would essentially be moved next door, instead of across state lines.

 

This summer, two operations to cross-foster in Arizona fizzled out, one when the adult wolves expected to have pups failed to produce any and the other when the female wolf relocated her den before the new pups could arrive from Missouri and managers couldn’t find it in time.

 

“The clock is the Mexican wolf’s enemy, and every generation that passes, it’s a little less genetically robust than it was before the clock started,” Mike Phillips, executive director of the Turner fund, told commissioners in May.

 

A few months later, Joy Nicholopoulos, the deputy regional director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southwest Office, told the commissioners that delaying the releases now means more wolves will need to be released later.

 

The window for cross-fostering this year has passed, but the USFWS would like to make sure next spring’s pups see a more welcome reception. The pendulum doesn’t seem to be swinging that direction, though.

 

During the June Game Commission hearing, public comment pointed to an anti-carnivore ethos taking over the commissioners, who were then discussing increasing quotas for bear hunts and allowing ranchers and hunters to trap cougars, both of which they approved. During the public comment, one person quoted Round River, the book by legendary conservationist, hunter and founder of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Aldo Leopold: “‘Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend. You cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. That is to say, you cannot love game and hate predators.’ This push to kill ever more cougars and bears along with the Ladder Ranch wolf decision comes very close to looking like predator hatred.”

The Will to Change

An Action Plan for Wolf Recovery

WHAT YOU CAN DO

RIGHT NOW

 

CALL and/or WRITE all officials in this section and use the above information for talking/writing points.

 

SHARE this page with conservation-minded people and tell them to call and write as well.

 

DONATE! We need your help to keep fighting for wolves through Game Commission Reform

 

• Let the every Commissioner know that risking the recovery of endangered species, like the Mexican gray wolf for political purposes is unacceptable. They must renew Turner's Ladder Ranch permits immediately.

 

• Tell them that BLOCKING MEXICAN WOLF REINTRODUCTION is in direct conflict with the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation: the system they claim to follow!

WOLF ACTION CENTER

Paul M. Kienzle III, New Mexico State Game Commission
William "Bill" Montoya, New Mexico State Game Commission
Robert Espinoza, Sr., New Mexico State Game Commission
Ralph Ramos, New Mexico State Game Commission
Robert Ricklefs, New Mexico State Game Commission
Elizabeth Atkinson Ryan, New Mexico State Game Commission
Thomas, "Dick" Salopek, New Mexico State Game Commission

Paul M. Kienzle III

Chairman

 

P.O. Box 587

Albuquerque, NM 87103-0587

paul@kienzlelaw.com

 

Biography

Paul Kienzle is an attorney in Albuquerque. He hunts and fishes on public and private lands and is committed to protecting people’s right to do so. He enjoys shooting sports. He is passionate about New Mexico’s constitutional right to keep and bear arms for lawful hunting and recreation purposes. He is interested in putting more youth, adults and first-time hunters in the field. He was educated at Duke University and the University of Illinois College of Law. The New Mexico Senate confirmed his appointment Feb. 25, 2013. Kienzle represents Game Commission District Five. His term expires Dec. 31, 2015.

 

 

William “Bill” Montoya

Vice-Chairman

 

125 Little Creek Hills Road

Alto, NM 88312-9503

Home: (575) 336-2533

Cell: (505) 412-0290

billmontoya@hotmail.com

 

Biography

Bill Montoya is a former director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. He worked for the Department for 28 years, overseeing conservation and game management before taking over the director’s position. He is also the former president of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. He holds a degree in wildlife management from New Mexico State University. The New Mexico Senate confirmed his appointment Feb. 25, 2013. Montoya represents Game Commission District 1. The district is composed of Curry, De Baca, Roosevelt, Chaves, Lincoln, Otero, Eddy and Lea counties. His term expires Dec. 31, 2017.

 

 

Robert Espinoza, Sr.

 

P.O. Box 6792

Farmington, NM 87499

Work:  (505) 324-8208

robert_nmgf@live.com

 

Biography

Robert Espinoza Sr. a resident of Farmington for more than 50 years, owns and operates a metal fabricating and construction business in Farmington along with his two sons, Tiger and Benny. He formerly served as President/Executive Director of United Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife New Mexico, and is active in several other sportsmen’s and conservation organizations, including the Mule Deer Foundation, National Rifle Association, Wild Sheep Foundation, Sportsmen and Landowners Coalition, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Safari Club International. A lifelong avid sportsman, he devotes most of his time and efforts to promoting our hunting and fishing heritage in New Mexico and enhancing the habitat for New Mexico’s wildlife, with a big focus on promoting youth actives and opportunities. The New Mexico Senate confirmed his appointment Feb. 25, 2013. Espinoza represents Game Commission District 3. The district is composed of San Juan, McKinley, Cibola, Valencia, Sandoval, Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties. His term ends Dec. 31, 2015.

 

 

Ralph Ramos

Las Cruces

Home: (575) 526-1314

ralphramos@comcast.net

 

Biography

Ralph Ramos, a native of Hurley in Grant County, is a Middle School Principal in Las Cruces, having served that community and Las Cruces Public Schools for 18 years. He has taught Agriscience and served as advisor to the local Future Farmers of America chapter for eight years before moving into administration. He holds a BS and MA in Agricultural Education from NMSU. He is a lifelong professional sportsman and guide and has hunted throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South Africa as he is currently serving as a hunting industry pro staff member. His passion is educating the public through articles and videography, as well as presenting elk and turkey calling seminars for Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and other organizations. He is a member of: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Rifle Association, Mesilla Valley Sportsman’s Alliance. Ramos is one of two commissioners appointed at-large. His term expires Dec. 31, 2018.

 

 

Bob Ricklefs

 

Cimarron

(575) 376-1123

bob.ricklefs@gmail.com

 

Biography

Robert Ricklefs has been ranch superintendent at Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico since 1981. He is in charge of wildlife management, livestock, agriculture, water rights, timber management and range management. He is a member of the Colfax regional water planning committee and is a founding member of the Cimarron Watershed Alliance. He contributed to the first black bear study in New Mexico and has been a cooperator in other New Mexico bear and cougar studies. He is a past member of the New Mexico Bureau of Land Management Advisory Council and currently serves as a board member with the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the University of Wyoming. Ricklefs represents Game Commission District 4. In his personal time, he enjoys camping with family and grandchildren. His term expires Dec. 31, 2018.

 

 

Elizabeth Atkinson Ryan

 

PO Box 1612

Roswell, NM 88202-1612

(575)291-7606

bethryanlawyer@gmail.com

 

Biography

An experienced oil, gas and energy attorney, Elizabeth “Beth” Atkinson Ryan focuses her practice in the areas of oil and gas title examination, regulatory, transactional, and everyday operational matters. Partnering with Joel M. Carson III, they created the law firm of Carson Ryan LLC in January 2014 after Ryan’s own firm, Ryan Law Firm, P.C. expanded at an extraordinary pace in 2012 and 2013. Appointed by Governor Susana Martinez in 2011, Beth just completed four years of service as a member of the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board (EIB). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Landman’s Association and is a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. She is an active member of Safari Club International (SCI) and the local SENM SCI Chapter, National Rifle Association (NRA), and a voting member of the Chaves County DWI Planning Council, a subcommittee of the Chaves County Commission. Beth also serves on the Board of Directors of Lovelace Regional Hospital in Roswell. She has had a passion since a young age for hunting and outdoor adventure. Beth is a summa cum laude graduate of Lubbock Christian University with a B.A. in Humanities with an emphasis in pre-law and a minor in Biblical studies. She received her J.D. cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2006. Ryan is one of two commissioners appointed at-large. Her term expires Dec. 31, 2015.

 

 

Thomas “Dick” Salopek

 

975 Holcomb Road

Las Cruces, NM 88007

Work: (575) 526-5946

Fax: (575) 526-0867

DickSalopek@hotmail.com

 

Biography

Dick Salopek of Las Cruces is a third-generation pecan farmer in the Mesilla Valley. He is an avid hunter, bowhunter and outdoorsman. He is co-owner of Tom Salopek Farms, Western Blend, Salopek 4-MP and Robledo Pecan Sorting. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Dona Ana County Planning & Zoning Commission, the New Mexico Pecan Grower’s Association, and is treasurer of the Dona Ana County Farm Bureau. Salopek has been on the Board of Councilors at Citizens Bank. He is also a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the National Rifle Association. He holds a B.A. in Agronomy and Soil Science from New Mexico State University. Salopek represents Game Commission District 2. The district is composed of Catron, Socorro, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna, Sierra and Doña Ana counties. His term ends Dec. 31, 2017.

 

NMDGF Administration

 

Alexa Sandoval

Department of Game and Fish Director (505) 476-8000

 

Donald Jaramillo

Department of Game and Fish Deputy Director (505) 476-8000

 

 

Rachel Shockley, Media contact (888) 248-6866

rachel.shockley@state.nm.us

 

One Wildlife Way, Santa Fe, NM 87507

Robert Espinoza, Sr., Safari Club International Elizabeth Atkinson Ryan, Safari Club International

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Tell them to vote NO on H.R. 2406, Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2015 or the SHARE Act!

Also contact Senator Lisa Murkowski and tell her that WOLVES DESERVE PROTECTION!

New Mexico Congressional Delegation

Senator Martin Heinrich, New Mexico State Game Commission
Senator Tom Udall, New Mexico State Game Commission
Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico State Game Commission
Representative Steve Pearce, New Mexico State Game Commission

Senator Martin Heinrich - (D - NM) Class I

303 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-5521

www.heinrich.senate.gov

 

 

 

 

 

Senator Tom Udall - (D - NM) Class II

531 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-6621

www.tomudall.senate.gov

 

 

 

 

 

Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham

214 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

(202) 225-6316

www.lujangrisham.house.gov

 

 

 

 

 

Representative Steve Pearce

2432 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

(202) 225-2365

www.pearce.house.gov

Representative Ben Ray Lujan, New Mexico State Game Commission

Representative Ben Ray Lujan

2446 Rayburn HOB

Washington, D.C. 20515

(202) 225-6190

www.lujan.house.gov