Publications and Reports

Selected Publications:

Why the next generation needs public lands: Experiences in the wilderness are crucial for troubled youth

The man behind a New Mexico county’s fracking ban

The Courage to Make Change: A Letter to the Land Trust Movement
(with Peter Forbes and Danyelle O’Hara)

Hispanic leaders spearheaded the Río Grande del Norte National Monument

A Century of Conservation

Stepping Out on a Limb

It was written on the wind: Cancer takes the life of a radiation-exposed family member

The missing puzzle piece:
Bringing native perspectives into archaeology for a more complete picture of the past

Taos’ return to the acequias

The high carbon cost of la vida rural

The mysticism of mud

La Vida Floresta: Ecology, Justice, and Community-Based Forestry in Northern New Mexico (large file)

Making Environmental Justice Whole

Of Land and Culture: Environmental Justice and Public Lands Ranching in Northern New Mexico

Acequia Waters

Closing the wounds:
A plucky group of New Mexico activists pushes mining reclamation into the 21st century

A Subversive Synthesis of Traditional Land-Based Wisdom and Ecology

The mine that turned the Red River blue:
Activists turn the tables on the biggest, slipperiest mine in the Rio Grande watershed

Little Wild Places

Sustaining Culture through Work: A Cowboy’s Life

Holding to the Middle Path in Ladakh: Tibetan Plateau

After a heavy harvest and a death, Navajo forestry realigns with culture

Selected “For the Land” monthly columns from The Taos News:

“For the Land” column archives
(scroll to the bottom of the page for monthly columns published while at Taos Land Trust)

Published or Completed Reports:

Funding Stewardship of Natural Resources in New Mexico: Findings and Background Information
(prepared for the McCune Charitable Foundation; email atencio@landcultureconsulting.com to request a copy)

Stepping into the Food Desert
(report and recommendations commissioned by Rocky Mountain Youth Corps)

Trails for the People and Economy of Taos
(report commissioned by Rocky Mountain Youth Corps as part of the Trails del Norte project below, and similar to another report completed for the Santa Fe Conservation Trust)

Trails del Norte
(final report and trail design recommendations commissioned by Rocky Mountain Youth Corps)

Land Conservation and the Public Trust: The Case for Community Conservation
(report commissioned by the Land Trust Alliance, co-written with Peter Forbes and Danyelle O’Hara for the Center for Whole Communities)

D.H. Lawrence Ranch Feasibility Study on Developing a Conservation Easement
(prepared for the Taos Community Foundation)

A History of Taos County Land Use Ethics, Planning, and Practice
(from the Taos County Growth Management Plan)

Red River Watershed Restoration Action Strategy

Havasupai Traditional and Historical Use of the Grand Canyon Village Area: Literature Review and Annotated Bibliography
(from the Grand Canyon/Havasupai Oral History Project)

About Ernie Atencio:

Mesa Verde’s surprising story

Return of a Sacred Site

Taos Pueblo takes ownership of Ponce de León springs

Thousands of acres later, director to leave land trust

Cultivating Land and Culture

A Voice of the Land:
Director of the Taos Land Trust wins national award for keeping connection to nature alive

Radio Programs:

Archive of De la Tierra” radio programs produced while at Taos Land Trust

Featured in several episodes of The Shift of Land radio series: