For Hispanics voters, preservation matters – The Santa Fe New Mexican

What this means is that politicians can’t slice up the environmental/minority vote so neatly. The wishes of Hispanic voters will have to be considered, especially when discussing preservation and access to public lands. Jobs won’t always be enough to sway support for drilling — it’s easier now to understand why Mora County officials still preferred […]

Four Stops, One Destination: Young Latinos Supporting Conservation

Adrian Hernandez had never seen the Milky Way. That isn’t unusual for someone who grew up in Orange County, California, where the lights obscure the stars at night. But under the dark skies of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, some of the darkest skies in the Lower 48, the Milky Way is a clearly […]

Land & Water Conservation Fund Deserves Full, Continued Funding

This week, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced that over $43 million will be provided for parks, outdoor recreation and conservation throughout the country from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This is welcome news, and continues the 50-year legacy that has enabled over 41,000 projects since the fund was established by Congress in 1964. The […]

We have deep roots in the West. That’s why we care.

Although the historical context of Hispanic political influence in Colorado and New Mexico is somewhat unique, the relationship we find between familial connections to land and attitudes toward conservation policy are likely to exist elsewhere. For example, Latinos have had a strong presence throughout the histories of a number of other states, including Texas and […]

Fish and Wildlife Service Director Ashe Blogs on HECHO

…in the most elemental sense, we are all hecho por la naturaleza – products of the natural world around us. Like the world’s fish, wildlife and plants, we depend on the Earth’s natural systems for clean air, clean water, food, shelter, jobs and economic growth.  Read the full blog here.

Poll: Protect Our Public Lands

A staggering 93% of respondents believe that the government should protect public lands for recreation and the overall well-being of the environment. Washington, DC — On June 11, we announced the results of a poll conducted for HECHO in Colorado and New Mexico by Latino Decisions. Haga clic aquí para leer en español The poll found that […]

HECHO Invites You to a Presentation of its New Poll on Latinos & Conservation

You are cordially invited to join Latino community leaders, elected officials, and sportsmen for a presentation of HECHO’s new poll on Latino views on conservation at the National Press Club.  As summer gets underway, Latino families will be heading to public lands, often near their homes, where they’ve hunted, fished, camped and enjoyed the outdoors […]