Pecos Canyon Collaboration

The first Pecos Canyon Collaboration meeting was held at the UPWA office in February, 2010. The goals of these meetings are to remedy the lack of coordination among various agencies in the area and to establish a precedent of working together to maximize all efforts to improve conditions in the Pecos. Attendees include representatives from the NM Department of Game & Fish, NM DOT, NMENV Surface Water Quality Bureau, San Miguel County, Pecos National Historical Park, the Village of Pecos, Truchas Chapter of Trout Unlimited, political representatives, and general community members.

UPWA organized and conducted public outreach meetings as part of the NEPA compliance process for fire risk reduction planning in the upper Pecos in 2012, and continues to coordinate NEPA public involvement and comment on behalf of the Pecos – Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.

Principal regular participants include:

  •   Santa Fe National Forest, Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger District
  •   New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
  •   New Mexico State Parks Division
  •    New Mexico Department of Transportation
  •   New Mexico Environment Department
  •   Pecos National Historic Park
  •   US Army Corps of Engineers
  •   San Miguel County
  •   Village of Pecos
  •    Pecos Benedictine Monastery
  •   Trout Unlimited
  •   Staff of elected officials (US Senators Bingaman and Udall, and Representative Lujan)

Community Collaborations and Partnerships

Many local organizations (including some of those mentioned above), as well as individuals, have partnered with us in the past in activities beyond regular meetings, and are committed to continuing collaboration.  We are confident most will continue as active participants in watershed protection and restoration.  Personal conversation with UPWA members, staff, and/or Board members has been the most effective way of encouraging involvement in our small community in the past, and we will enthusiastically continue these efforts.  The table below lists major organizations, businesses, and agencies that are already active collaborators.

Partner entity Representation Contact person
San Miguel County County government Alex Tafoya  505.454.1074
Trout Unlimited, Truchas Chapter Anglers and outdoors people Toner Mitchell 505.995.8114
El Valle Water Alliance Mutual Domestic Water Users Assoc. (local cooperative water utilities) Ramon Lucero, Jr. 575.421.3892
Holy Ghost Homeowners’ Assn. Homeowners in Holy Ghost Canyon Kelly Andrews 505.992.2927
Village of Pecos Municipal government Tony Roybal  505.757.6591
Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District Landowners; conservation practitioners Frances Martinez 505.425.9088
Pecos Valley Community Foundation Local community support NGO Joyce Powell 505.757.3211
USDA Forest Service, Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District Federal land managers for large fraction of watershed and recreation areas Steve Romero 505.757.6121
NM Environment Department, Surface Water Quality Bureau Funding agency for Watershed-

Based Plan; water quality regulators

John Moeny


NM Department of Game & Fish Managing agency for many recreation sites in Pecos Canyon Jim Hirsch  505.757.3841
Friends of the Pecos National Historic Park Community group supporting local National Historic Park Bill Zunkel 505.310.0920

A number of local businesses are represented de facto because their owners are members or Directors of UPWA, including a gasoline station/convenience store, a ranch, and an insurance agency.  Additional partners and collaborators include local businesses, focusing on recreation related businesses like cabin rentals, outfitters, and outdoor suppliers.  We will also contact the remaining homeowners’ association in the area and the agricultural irrigation associations (acequias, in New Mexico) to invite and encourage their participation.  We do not anticipate any particular difficulties in persuading these entities to join in support of watershed restoration, and representation will then be essentially complete across all major community groups.

Public meetings are generally held in the Village of Pecos.