July 2024 E-Newsletter

Dr. Wendsler Nosie Sr. to headline Gila River Festival

After taking a break in 2023, we’re back with the 19th mostly-annual Gila River Festival!

As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gila Wilderness in 2024, the Gila River Festival will not only celebrate this important milestone in protecting America's first Wilderness River, but will also look to the Gila’s future. By exploring themes of long-term protection, climate resilience, cultural exchange, and stewardship, we will envision together the Gila River’s next hundred years and beyond.  

This year’s festival features a keynote presentation by Dr. Wendsler Nosie Sr., the San Carlos Apache leader who has worked tirelessly to prevent the desecration of Oak Flat from a mine proposed by international mining giant Rio Tinto. What does defending your homeland look like, and how can we protect the places that we call home, whether in Oak Flat, the Gila, or elsewhere on this beautiful planet? 

Dr. Nosie is the founder and leader of Apache Stronghold and Director of Gaan Bike Goz aa where he advocates for indigenous religious and human rights. He has led the fight to protect the Apache sacred site of Oak Flat (Chi’chil Biłdagoteel) from a proposal to develop one of the world's largest copper mines. Dr. Nosie is a former Peridot District Councilman and Tribal Chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, which consists of nearly 17,000 tribal members on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. 

The keynote presentation is scheduled for Thursday, September 26 at 6 pm at Light Hall on the Western New Mexico University campus.

Are you interested in sponsoring this year's festival but didn't make the July 1 deadline? No worries, we're still accepting sponsorships until July 12th. The sponsorship form is found here.

We've got a stellar lineup of speakers, field trips, Native American dancers, art and more! Check out the full schedule and registration available August 1st at www.gilariverfestival.org.

Speak Up for Our Water Future!

As part of the state's 50 Year Water Plan, scientists estimate that climate change will bring about a 25% - 35% reduction in water resources across the state.

We urgently need to plan now for a future with dramatically less water supply.

In 2023, the legislature passed the Water Security Planning Act that charges the Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) with conducting and supporting regional water planning to develop and fund innovative solutions to drought, declining water supplies, and climate change.

Get your voice heard!

The ISC is holding open house sessions across the state and will be in Silver City on Tuesday, July 23rd from 3pm - 7pm at the Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center to gather input from residents in the Southwest NM Water Planning Region on what the regional water planning process should look like, residents' priority concerns and challenges, and other specific questions that will shape the overall planning process.

If you'd like to find out more about how you can effectively participate in determining our water future, join the Gila Conservation Coalition and its partners for an information session on Tuesday, July 16 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at the First Church of Harmony in Silver City.

More information: mainstreamnm.org

Questions? Contact Allyson at grip@gilaresources.info.

Join Us!

Find out how you can effectively participate in

determining our water future!

Tuesday, July 16, 2024 | 6 pm - 7:30 pm

First Church of Harmony

609 Arizona St. Silver City

Air Force poised to release Draft EIS on AZ Airspace Expansion

The Air Force expects that it will release in early August the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for expansion of regional airspace to support its Arizona mission.

Stay tuned for opportunities to submit your public comments on this proposal that threatens southwest New Mexico and southern Arizona.

Gila Conservation Coalition
305A North Cooper St.
Silver City, NM 88061
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Organized in 1984 to protect the free flow of the Gila and San Francisco Rivers and the wilderness characteristics of the Gila and Aldo Leopold Wilderness areas, the Gila Conservation Coalition (GCC) is a partnership of three organizations - Gila Resources Information Project, Upper Gila Watershed Alliance, and Center for Biological Diversity - that promote conservation of the Upper Gila River Basin and surrounding lands.