Over the past two years, we have been traveling the West to meet Latino conservationists creating parks, fighting for clean air and water, and battling fracking and natural gas plants. We want to share what we have heard and learned over countless cafecitos about the challenges and barriers Latino conservation leaders have encountered, as well as the opportunities for mainstream environmental funders and NGOs to engage them in more authentic and constructive ways and begin building a more inclusive and culturally competent movement that truly serves frontline communities. To download The Verde Paper: Latino Perspectives on Conservation Leadership, click here.

Latino roots in the West run as deep as the sequoias and redwoods in California’s famed National Parks.

For thousands of years, the spectacular lands of Oasisamerica have been treasured by the communities that call them home. Strong stewardship traditions have allowed people to coexist with nature.

Unfortunately, state and national parks are increasingly threatened under the pressure of energy extraction and urban development. The race to drill and build is impacting air and water quality, and the health and wellbeing of our communities. Pollution doesn’t stop at park borders, so even though we have managed to protect natural treasures like Pinnacles and Mesa Verde, inappropriate industry nearby could harm them.

This project is a megaphone meant to amplify the voices of Hispanic advocates for special lands. Together, we are calling for responsible and balanced use of the resources we all depend on. We’ve worked our way through the Western US, talking to friends and partners, collaborating with like minds, and above all, enjoying our majestic wilderness together. From Yosemite in California, to White River in Colorado and Organ Mountains in New Mexico, we’ve re-connected to extraordinary sites we hope will be protected for generations to come.