FLIGHTS: New Mexico
2010 Flight Across America - Renewable Energy
State: Colorado, New Mexico
Description: EcoFlight's 2010 Flight Across America Student Program took four high school students from the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado, to study renewable energy and transmission and wildlife corridors in depth, and teamed up with students from the Santa Fe Indian School for a seminar and overflights of wind farms in New Mexico.... read more
2011 Flight Across America  - National Parks
State: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah
Region: Four Corners States - American Southwest
Description: EcoFlight's 2011 Flight Across America Student Program was an intensive study of iconic national parks in the U.S. Southwest and the environmental pressures being imposed on them.  EcoFlight and four students from CU Boulder and Colorado Mountain College flew over five Southwestern national parks... read more
2012 Flight Across America - Upper Colorado River Basin
State: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Region: Colorado River
Description: Flight Across America 2012 focused on water conservation concerns in the Upper Colorado River Basin, emphasizing the crucial role water plays in sustaining natural and societal life. With our college level students, the program took an aerial look at water and its relation to the health of ecosystems, energy development, urban planning, recreation, agriculture, and wildlife habitat in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Wyoming...
2013 Flight Across America - Wild Land Designations
State: Colorado, New Mexico, Utah
Description: Flight Across America (FLAA) 2013 focused on the multiple designations of wild land protections that exist in today’s era, and the threats that wilderness quality lands are facing in the West.  Continue reading...
Arizona & New Mexico - SunZia Proposed Transmission Corridor
State: Arizona, New Mexico
Description: The SunZia Transmission Project is a proposed corridor that would span 500 miles between AZ and NM, posing a serious threat to the wildlife that thrives in the San Pedro Valley and Aravaipa Canyon. Promoters of SunZia tout the project’s necessity for economic stimulus and renewable energy production... read more
Colorado - Mesa Verde National Park
State: Colorado, New Mexico
Description: Mesa Verde National Park features thousands of archeological ruins that speak to the lives of the Ancestral Puebloan people, who built cliff dwellings there over 800 years ago. In addition to invasive species and other threats, air quality in the park is being continually degraded by two adjacent coal-fired power plants.
Colorado River Basin
State: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Region: Colorado River Basin
Description: In April of 2013 the Colorado River was named the most endangered river in the country. An outdated system is promising more water than it can supply to a growing number of uses. The river is the major water artery in the Southwest, a region that is drier than the deserts of North Africa. In spite of the lack of rainfall and very high summer temperatures, this dry desert is now home to tens of millions of people and includes some of the major agricultural areas in the United States... read more
FLAA Student Program 2011 - Southwest National Parks
State: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah
Region: Four Corners States - American Southwest
Description: EcoFlight's 2011 Flight Across America Student Program was a three day intensive study of iconic national parks in the American Southwest and the environmental pressures being imposed on them.  EcoFlight and four students from Colorado Mountain College and CU Boulder flew over 5 national parks... read more
Four Corners Region - Air Quality
State: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah
Region: Four Corners: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah
Description: Existing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the Four Corners region total 29 million tons per year of CO2. With the increased recognition of the impacts of CO2 as a major contributor to climate change, it is imperative that CO2 emissions be reduced in the Four Corners region... read more
New Mexico -  Wind
State: New Mexico
Region: Eastern New Mexico
Description: New Mexico has a total of 698 megawatts of wind power capacity installed at seven wind power plants. The first utility-scale wind power plant in New Mexico, near House, commenced operation in July 2003. Known as the New Mexico Wind Energy Center, it is 204 megawatts in capacity... read more
New Mexico - Albuquerque - Urban Sprawl
State: New Mexico
Region: Albuquerque
Description: One of the faster growing cities in the United States, Albuquerque has not been immune to the negative consequences of growth and urbanization that plagues other cities. Albuquerque's loosely planned sprawl is on a collision course with its finite water supply... read more
New Mexico - Chaco Culture National Historical Park
State: New Mexico
Region: Northwestern New Mexico
Description: In January 2015 after pressure from the local community and Native American tribes, the BLM postponed an oil and gas lease sale on over 4 square miles near Chaco, saying more time is needed to review public comments that have raised concerns about environmental justice and other issues. Chaco National Historical Park is designated as a World Heritage Site and is one of the finest examples of Puebloan culture centers in the Southwestern United States, yet it too is impacted by intensive energy development. Natural gas fields, coal and uranium mines, and coal-fired power plants are especially prevalent... read more
New Mexico - Four Corners - Oil and Gas
State: New Mexico
Region: San Juan Basin, Farmington and Aztec
Description: The San Juan Basin currently has more than 20,000 producing natural gas wells with a prediction of up to 5,000 more in the upcoming years. Major concerns include the impacts from oil and gas development near homes and farms, as well as on public lands managed by BLM and the Forest Service.... read more
New Mexico - Four Corners Coal Power Plants
State: New Mexico
Region: Near Farmington, New Mexico
Description: The Four Corners area is home to two of the highest polluting coal plants in the western United States, the 1,800-megawatt San Juan Generating Station and the 2,040-megawatt Four Corners Power Plant. Situated on Navajo Nations land, these power plants burn over ten million tons of coal each year... read more
New Mexico - Organ Mountains - Desert Peaks National Monument
State: New Mexico
Region: Las Cruces
Description: On May 21st 2014, President Obama designated the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, becoming the largest National Monument of his presidency.... read more
New Mexico - Otero Mesa
State: New Mexico
Description: Otero Mesa, located in rural southern New Mexico, lies south of the Sacramento Mountains and west of the Guadalupe Mountains. This 1.6 million acre basin is the largest and wildest Chihuahan Desert grassland left on public lands in the U.S. and is targeted for national monument status.. read more
New Mexico - Otero Mesa
State: New Mexico
Region: southern New Mexico
Description: Energy development on this vast Chihuahuan Desert grassland -- inhabited by New Mexico's most robust pronghorn herd, black-tailed prairie dogs and some 250 songbird species -- has been hotly disputed since 1997, when an exploratory well drilled by the Harvey E. Yates Company hit gas... read more
New Mexico - Otero Mesa - Mining
State: New Mexico
Region: near Las Cruces, New Mexico
Description: Conservation groups have worked successfully to safeguard Otero Mesa from oil/gas development for over a decade, but there is a new and even more volatile threat to this wild desert grassland - mining for rare earth minerals, used in the electronics, medical imaging, high tech and even green industries... read more
New Mexico - Rio Grande del Norte
State: New Mexico
Description: On March 25th 2013, President Obama signed legislation to protect 240,000 acres of the Rio Grande del Norte region of New Mexico through a national monument designation. In May 2015, Senators Heinricha nd Udall introduced a bill to designate two wilderness areas within the monument.
Wilderness - 50th Anniversary
State: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Region: Western United States
Description: This year, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act...The 1964 Wilderness Act defines "Wilderness" as an area “...affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man's work substantially unnoticeable...where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain...”