A Legacy of Conservation in the Pecos

The history of protection for the Pecos dates as far back as 1892, when President Harrison proclaimed the upper Pecos a Timberland Reserve for watershed protection. Then, in 1933, the Chief of the Forest Service established the Pecos Primitive Area; and on September 3, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act, creating the Pecos Wilderness.  In 1980, the New Mexico Wilderness Act added 55,000 acres to the Wilderness. Read More

Protecting the Pecos

While part of the Pecos is protected, there are surrounding forest lands without roads (known as Roadless Areas) that are threatened by unchecked development. Incorporating these Roadless Areas into the Pecos Wilderness and designating some areas as Special Management Areas will protect 120,000 acres of lands and waters that five counties (Santa Fe, San Miguel, Taos, Mora and Rio Arriba) depend upon for clean air, fresh water, and a way to experience the great outdoors. Read More