See You Next Week?

Friends, As kids across the country headed back to school this week after the Summer and Labor Day weekend, it’s important to reflect on the fact that too many students won’t have the chance to enjoy field trips to the great outdoors. Visits to parks and nature centers were once a staple of a good education, but in […]

3-year Polling Analysis: Latinos Clearly Value Conservation

Today’s report by Latino Decisions and Hispanic Access Foundation on three years of major public polling of the Latino community makes it clear that we view conservation as a fundamental value. Latinos feel a sense of moral obligation to protecting the land our families have enjoyed for generations, and to ensuring that we have clean […]

HECHO Deputy Director Max Trujillo talks to High Country News

Max Trujillo caught the conservation bug during childhood summers spent with his father hunting, hiking and camping in the wilderness of northern New Mexico. In the years that followed, Trujillo noticed that many Hispanic families were out enjoying the woods, but they weren’t involved in the mainstream environmental movement….   Read the rest of the High Country […]

Colorado River Reflections

Latino groups flex muscle on EPA water reg | TheHill

“It’s very clear to us that Latinos are very concerned about how the land is going to be treated and what candidates are going to support the land and the environment.” —HECHO Director, Rod Torrez HECHO Director Rod Torrez was interviewed by Benjamin Goad of The Hill to discuss why Latino organizations have joined to support the […]

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 […]