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New Mexico Conservation Coordinating Council Records

Identifier: MSS-787-BC

Scope and Content

The collection illuminates the New Mexico Conservation Coordinating Council's volunteer efforts and activities pertaining to environmental conservation and preservation. The collection is divided into 2 series.

The ADMINISTRATIVE SERIES is made up of organizational records of the NMCCC, including correspondence, meeting minutes, annual reports, budgetary and funding documentation, and news releases.

The ENVIRONMENT SERIES contains material about environmental issues from other chartered organizations and/or government programs. The NMCCC either acted directly on these issues or distributed the information among its membership to keep them up to date and informed about environmental concerns. This series is divided into 5 sub-series.

Information includes informative reports and correspondence concerning environmental issues sent to the NMCCC from other environmentally active organizations. These organizations include Council on Environmental Quality, Environmental Improvement Agency, Rocky Mountain Center on the Environment, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.

Energy concentrates on power generating systems such as natural gas extraction, mining oil shale, coal, electricity, and alternate sources of energy such as nuclear and geothermal. Specific projects in this sub-series include the Public Service Company of New Mexico's San Juan-Ojo Power Line Project in the Four Corners area and Tucson Gas and Electric Company's San Juan Transmission Project.

Pollution concerns the problems generated by certain energy sources and population growth having a direct effect on air and water quality.

Land use deals with urban growth in Albuquerque and other cities in New Mexico, including traffic problems, highway projects (Ellis Loop Road), uncontrolled real estate projects, open land and public land infringements, and transfers of land from federal and state agencies back to the pueblos, reservations, and land grant systems. This sub-series also contains information concerning the creation and/or management of wilderness areas and water resources.

Wildlife contains information on wildlife conservation groups, predator control, use of insecticides and its affects on the eco-system, endangered species, hunting and fishing.


  • 1969-1977
  • Majority of material found within 1970-1975

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Background Information

The New Mexico Conservation Coordinating Council (NMCCC) was founded February 1969 by several individuals in New Mexico for the specific purpose of promoting and assisting in the preservation and wise use of the earth’s natural resources for New Mexico, the Southwest and Mexico/US borderlands. Prior to the Council's founding, the promotion of environmental conservation concerns was limited to the independent efforts of individual organizations and had little impact on political legislation or gaining public support. The Council became a conduit for communication and interaction among member organizations and as such, was able to create a forum whereby these groups could voice their common concerns, take positions, and act together on environmental issues affecting the local area. The Council was also a clearinghouse through which members received potentially important information on environmentally related events via a bimonthly publication, Environmental News, and regular meetings of the Council, which were open to the public. During the 1970s and 1980s the NMCCC was a solid environmental and political force but by the early 1990’s lack of support caused a decline in membership and the Council's eventual demise.


3 boxes (3 cu. ft.), plus 1 oversize folder


This collection contains the administrative records, papers, correspondence and environmental information gathered by the New Mexico Conservation Coordinating Council. The NMCCC was a non-profit environmental organization that promoted the wise use of the earth’s natural resources for New Mexico and the surrounding areas.


Two series: Administrative and Environment.

Related Archival Material

Albuquerque Urban Planning Records Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Richard G. Illing papers concerning the Ellis Forest Loop Road and the Sandia Mountains Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico

Separated Material

Issues of the NMCCC’s newsletter, Environmental News were catalogued for the UNM University Libraries general collection.
Finding Aid of the New Mexico Conservation Coordinating Council Records, 1969-1977
Edited Full Draft
Illene Renfro
© 2007
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131