Today called the WildEarth Guardians, the Forest Guardians were an environmental group that was founded in 1989. At its founding, the group’s principal goal was to preserve the forest on Elk Mountain in New Mexico. Its members, however, did not understand the deep connections between nuevomexicanos and forest usage. Despite their efforts to preserve wildlife and foliage, local nuevomexicanos perceived the organization as a threat to their collective right to use forest resources.
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