Albuquerque attorney, Geoffrey Scovil specializes in Habeas Corpus law and contracts with the state of New Mexico’s Public Defender Department to provide essential consulting services. Aside from his responsibilities as an attorney, Geoffrey Scovil is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hiking, camping, and biking in Albuquerque and around New Mexico. His enjoyment of the outdoors led him to support the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, which actively works to protect wilderness areas around the state. Founded in 1997, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is a statewide, grassroots, nonprofit organization that brings a wide variety of people together to work toward the preservation of New Mexico’s natural landscape.
The Rio Grande del Norte, designated a National Monument in 2013 by President Barack Obama, is one of New Mexico’s most beautiful areas. Located west of Taos, New Mexico, thousands of people visit the Rio Grande del Norte to hike, picnic, raft, and camp. At over 240 thousand acres, the Rio Grande del Norte features the Rio Grande and Ute Mountain as centerpieces. The area hosts a large variety of wildlife as a key part of the Rio Grande Migratory Flyway. Eagles, falcons, and hawks all find their home among the cliffs of the Rio Grande del Norte. In addition, ospreys, scaups, hummingbirds, herons, pronghorn, and elk all visit at various times throughout the year as they embark on their annual migrations.
The cultural and economic importance of the area is undisputed, leading Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich to reintroduce bills to designate the Rio Grande del Norte an official wilderness area. The designation would bring additional protection to the area, preventing development and mining. By working with the federal government to designate official wilderness areas, the state’s natural treasures are more likely to be protected long term.
Geoff Scovil received a BA in history, philosophy, and ethnic studies from the University of Texas at Austin.