Cherylin Atcitty, Interim Director
Juanita Montoya, Administrative Assistant
Robert Henriksen, Games & Fish Program Manager
Michael Martinez, Hunt Program Coordinator
Fisheries Biologist Habitat Team
Angelo McHorse, Wilderness Ranger
Vacant, Head Wilderness Ranger
Edwin Concha, Wilderness Ranger
Cherylin Atcitty, Environmental Program Manager
Vacant, Environmental Assistant
Scott Fields, Environmental Specialist
Tyler Romero, Water Quality Technician
Patrick Kopepassah, Fire Program Manager
Vacant, Fire Clerk
Rene Romero, BIA Fuels Grant Coordinator
David Winters, Engine Boss
Marvin Lefthand, Squad Boss
Robert Evan Trujillo
Delbert Chisholm, Bison Program Manager
Taos Pueblo Division of Natural Resources
Blue Lake Wilderness Protection Program
High above our Taos Pueblo, in the pristine aspen and evergreen forests of the Taos Pueblo Blue Lake Wilderness Area, is a sacred lake, Ba whyea-Blue Lake. The People of Taos Pueblo have occupied these areas since time immemorial. Since the arrival of settlers, we have struggled to hold onto our land base, which has been drastically reduced throughout the years. On December 15, 1970, the Congress of the United States legally enacted Public Law 91-550, the Taos Pueblo Wilderness Act which put the Blue Lake Wilderness area into trust status. This law provided the tribe with exclusive use of the area for traditional purposes.
The tribe, through the Taos Pueblo Warchief’s office and the Wilderness Ranger’s has conducted preservation and protection activities in the Blue Lake Wilderness area for many years. Trail and Fence Maintenance are conducted throughout the Wilderness and boundaries. Conservation and preservation of the Blue Lake Wilderness Area is of Primary concern to Taos Pueblo. The Pueblo’s goal is to maintain the area in its most natural state-protecting trees, water, fish, wildlife, and soils from damage.
With proper consent of the tribal government, non members may be permitted to enter the lands for purposes compatible with their preservation as a wilderness or other official purposes. The Taos Pueblo Blue Lake Wilderness Area is closed to the public. This area is specifically for use by enrolled members of Taos Pueblo.
For more information about the Taos Pueblo Department of Natural Resources,
please click this link to visit our DNR website!