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panoramic view of a vast, desert mountain scape of the caja del rio

Although vast and mostly uninhabited by humans, the 107,000 acre Caja del Rio faces numerous threats including illegal dumping, improper use, and archaeological vandalism. But one of the larger, more pressing issues is reckless and unregulated shooting. 

October 21, 2022 – Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, members of the coalition to protect the Caja del Rio released the following statement on news reports that the La Cieneguilla Petroglyphs located in Santa Fe County were vandalized:

Public Lands Day reminds us to be better stewards of the land by Rev. Andrew Black and Joseph “Brophy” Toledo September 23, 2022 This column originally appeared in the Taos News, September 21, 2022. This Saturday (Sept. 24) is National Public Lands Day. It was established nearly three decades ago to honor and celebrate the …

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Protecting a national treasure that embodies the American Southwest August 31, 2022 There’s a reason New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment: it is filled with abundant wildlife, vast mountain ranges, alpine forests, sweeping desert landscapes and stunning sunsets. This enchanted landscape is also steeped with historical and cultural significance linked to Indigenous, …

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Caja del Rio protection worth acting on June 12, 2022 A movement to protect the Caja del Rio is gaining steam — and that’s an encouraging sign for everyone who loves this area, so critical to New Mexico’s past and so much a part of its present. As the vandalism of the centuries-old La Cieneguilla …

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Protecting the Caja del Rio June 8, 2022 Interview with Andrew Blackman and Carmichael Dominguez Listen to the interview at KSWVradio.com

County is acting wisely to protect the Caja May28, 2022 By Esperanza Chairez Uriarte Public lands such as the Caja del Rio must be protected, not only as a means to safeguard our state’s rich history, but also to forge a more equitable public lands future. Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project extends a sincere thank-you to …

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Grand Vision Feb 4, 2022 The ambitious America the Beautiful plan seeks to conserve and restore 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by 2030 IN A SUNNY, JUNIPER-COVERED ARROYO on the Caja del Rio plateau in northern New Mexico, orange lichen on a basalt boulder frames an ancient petroglyph: a raptor, its wings outstretched in …

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