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Grab your boots and head on out to the Caja del Rio. It’s time for our annual fall clean-up on the Caja!

Coalition hosts annual fall clean-up on the Caja.

There’s a new (park) ranger in town On Friday, September 8th, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced the appointment of Ryan Ashcraft, the first ever recreation services on public lands in Santa Fe County, which includes areas in and around the Caja del Rio. This appointment comes at a crucial time for the Caja …

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For Santa Fe County Commissioner Camilla Bustamante, protecting the Caja del Rio is a community health and mental health issue. “I was taught, culturally, being connected with the land helps a person be connected with themselves,” she said. “It is about being who you are because of where you are,” she said to applause at …

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landscape view of mountains in a Southern Nevada desert

On March 21st, 2023, the Biden administration followed through on their November 30th commitment of designating Avi Kwa Ame in Southern Nevada as our country’s next national monument. In addition to this historic victory, President Biden included Castner Range, located in West Texas, to the list of national monuments. The news is a victory for …

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On December 17th, members of the Caja del Rio coalition were proud to bring community members together for a special film screening and panel discussion on ways to better project this cherished landscape. 

Join us on Dec. 17 at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe for a special film screening & community panel discussion on protecting the Caja del Rio Plateau.

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. 

On Saturday, November 5th, members of the coalition to protect the Caja del Rio are hosting a guided hiking tour and community-wide clean-up of the Caja in Santa Fe County. 

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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