Protect Wildlife Corridors

Protect Wildlife Corridors

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Juliette Pasque started this petition to Senator Tom Udall


Protect the Crest of Montezuma for Wildlife! 


The north end of the Sandia Mountains is not yet ringed by development, which means we have an opportunity to protect the last remaining open space for wildlife to freely access these mountains! The U.S. Forest Service manages the majority of the public portion of this area while the Bureau of Land Management manages the Crest of Montezuma in the northern foothills of the Sandias. This wildlife corridor provides the Sandias with a strong and vital connection to the Rio Grande and the mountains to the north. However, this wild and sensitive area is in imminent danger from proposed human usages through B.L.M.’s travel management process. In order to keep this area wild for as long as possible, we must restrict these human activities.


Pathways has been working to preserve the Crest of Montezuma corridor for 12 years, in many different ways. We have been documenting the presence of wildlife in this area, such as Black Bears and their cubs, Mule Deer and their fawns, and Mountain Lions and their kittens. We have been advocating for protection from the illegal use of motorized vehicles in the area (it was declared a non-motorized travel area by the Forest Service in 2008), and we have been encouraging the B.L.M. to limit human uses of the Crest to protect the wildlife within it.


The time to formally establish a protected wildlife corridor on the north end of the Sandia Mountains has come. We are asking our senators to help facilitate co-operation between the U.S.F.S., the B.L.M. the NM State Land Office, Pueblo nations, and the NM Department of Game and Fish to protect this KEY area for wildlife.


Senator Udall is an outspoken advocate of protecting wildlife corridors. Let’s all help make him aware of the single most endangered wildlife passage in our state. Thank you for caring about the life of your mountain!


Thank you, 

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