Ernie Atencio

Ernie Atencio is an anthropologist, writer and a native of northern New Mexico living near Taos. Ernie also spent many seasons as a national park ranger at Mesa Verde, both rims of the Grand Canyon, Bandelier National Monument, and taught for Yosemite Institute for several years. Ernie has led organizations such as The Taos Land Trust as well as receiving a “Voice for the Land” award from The Wilderness Society. His many publications include two books about natural resources and environmental justice in northern New Mexico and features for High Country News.


Farewell to two radicals with a common goal – changing the West

By Ernie Atencio

The West lost two larger-than-life conservationists this year, and while I considered both friends, they couldn’t have been more different….

Sid Goodloe and wife Cheryl


The Complexity of Color in the Environmental Movement

By Ernie Atencio

 This summer was a time of reckoning about race in every sector of American life, and many of us are…


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