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New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

New Mexico Wild is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) responsible for the desecration of the La Cienequilla Petroglyph Site near Santa Fe, New Mexico. In January, rock petroglyphs were vandalized with graffiti.

There is an active investigation underway regarding this crime. Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Bureau of Land Management Dispatch Center, in operation 24 hours a day, at 1-800-637-9152 - Option 2, to be routed to a live dispatcher.

New Mexico Wild is raising money to fund the reward. Individuals desiring to contribute towards the reward can do so here. If a reward is not claimed, or if donations are received above $5,000, all additional funds will go directly to benefit the remediation, stewardship, and protection of the natural and cultural landscape of Caja del Rio. 

The Caja del Rio plateau is a vast landscape of piñon-juniper savanna and grassland, with canyons plunging into the Santa Fe River and other tributaries of the Rio Grande. The land is dotted with cinder cones and features a dramatic basalt escarpment rich with petroglyphs. Caja is also one of the most ecologically rich wildlife corridors in New Mexico. It provides vital habitat for a diverse range of plants and animals. The All Pueblo Council of Governors has passed a resolution recognizing the Caja del Rio plateau as a traditional Puebloan landscape and supporting its long-term preservation.

More information about the desecration can be found here.

About the New Mexico Wilderness Society

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance or “New Mexico Wild” is a non-profit 501 (C)(3), independent, homegrown, grassroots, conservation organization dedicated to the protection, restoration and continued respect of New Mexico’s wildlands and Wilderness areas. With staff and thousands of supporters throughout the state, New Mexico Wild is dedicated to the rights and the value of citizen involvement in protecting increasingly rare wild places within public lands. Just as freedom is every American’s birthright so too is Wilderness.

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