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What is the Taos Mainstreet Accelerator Project? How will it impact the future of Taos? The Taos MainStreet Accelerator project (TMSA) is an independent, nonprofit, local program to facilitate a shared vision for our downtown, encourage economic vitality, and celebrate Taos’ cultural and historic assets. Jim O’Donnell talks with Elizabeth Palacios and Davison Koenig of the Mainstreet Project. This episode was recorded at the studios of KNCE True Taos Radio on May 30, 2019. Produced by Jim O’Donnell. Edited by Brett Tomadin.

How will New Mexico and other western states manage forests in the age of Climate Change? Taos Land Trust’s Jim O’Donnell talks wtih Collin Haffey, the conservation coordinator with The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico. Before joining TNC Haffey worked on climate-related forest disturbance processes, ranging from drought- and fire-induced ecosystem type conversion from forests to shrublands or grasslands at local and regional scales. This episode was recorded at the studios of KNCE True Taos Radio on June 13, 2019. Produced by Jim O’Donnell. Edited by Brett Tomadin.

When did we become so tame? How has “the good life” come to mean addiction to screens and status, fossil fuels and financial fitness? Can we break free to become the joyful and prophetic people God calls us to be? Jim O’Donnell talks with wilderness guide Todd Wynward as he “rewilds” the Jesus Way. This episode was recorded at the studios of KNCE True Taos Radio on May 2, 2019. Produced by Jim O’Donnell. Edited by Brett Tomadin.

Why should New Mexicans care about climate change? What will the impacts be on our daily lives and in our communities? How do scientists know that climate change is happening and how do they know what it will impact? Jim O’Donnell of the Taos Land Trust talks with New Mexico State Climatologist Dave Dubois. This episode was recorded at the studios of KNCE True Taos Radio on April 18, 2019. Produced by Jim O’Donnell. Edited by Brett Tomadin.

Climate change is already impacting New Mexico. How do we deal with this to protect our waters, our communities and our children? How do we think strategically and long-term when it comes to dealing with what is truly an existential threat. What are the issues facing New Mexico and what is being done both at a Federal and State level? Jim O’Donnell talks with Erik Schlenker-Goodrich, the Executive Director of the Western Environmental Law Center. This episode was recorded at the studios of KNCE True Taos Radio on March 7, 2019. Produced by Jim O’Donnell. Edited by Brett Tomadin.

Tourism is one of the largest industries in the world, and perhaps the leading economic engine in your community — an industry with tremendous potential to change the social economic, and natural landscapes of every place it touches. In this “reframed” approach to travel and tourism, Dan Shilling encourages the caretakers of place to craft a restorative tourism ethic. At the basic level ask, “Why do we do tourism?” Are the comings and goings of guests little more than a cheerleading backdrop for a rapacious growth policy that pays slight, if any, attention to its costs and consequences? Or can you imagine tourism as an enabler of healthy place-making, a tool for meaning-making, and a means to provide the sense of purpose and connection more people seek? It’s not just retiring boomers who are searching for their own travel epiphanies, and it’s not only Machu Picchu that can dish it out. Tourism isn’t going away; it’s not if you do it how. get in the game, but establish your own rules. Taos Land Trust’s Jim O’Donnell talks with author Dan Shilling about the poetry and politics of place. Recorded at KNCE 93.5FM studios in January 2019. Produced by Jim O’Donnell. Edited by Brett Tomadin.

Legends don’t come close to capturing the incredible story of the coyote In the face of centuries of campaigns of annihilation employing gases, helicopters, and engineered epidemics, coyotes didn’t just survive, they thrived, expanding across the continent from Alaska to New York. In the war between humans and coyotes, coyotes have won, hands-down. Coyote America is the illuminating five-million-year biography of this extraordinary animal, from its origins to its apotheosis. It is one of the great epics of our time. Taos Land Trust’s Jim O’Donnell talks with author and historian Dan Flores about this incredible animal. Recorded at KNCE 93.5FM studios in January 2019. Produced by Jim O’Donnell. Edited by Brett Tomadin.

Taos Land Trust’s Jim O’Donnell speaks with restoration ecologist Jen Vrooman of Keystone Restoration Ecology about the ongoing watershed restoration efforts along the Rio Fernando in Taos, New Mexico. Recorded October 19, 2018 at KNCE studios in Taos, New Mexico.

Taos Land Trust’s Jim O’Donnell talks with Gillian Joyce of Rio Chiquito consulting about the development of community agricultural plans, public gardens and the creation of Rio Fernando Park. Plus they dive into their shared Irish heritage…. Recorded September 20, 2018 at the KNCE studios in Taos, New Mexico.

Taos Land Trust’s Jim O’Donnell talks with Judy Torres of the Taos Valley Acequia Association (TVAA) about irrigation in northern New Mexico, the Abeyta Settlement, the history of acequias, water in the valley and where we are headed. Recorded on October 4, 2018 at the KNCE studios in Taos, New Mexico.

Recorded August 23, 2018 at the KNCE studios in Taos, New Mexico. Taos Land Trust’s Jim O’Donnell talks with ornithologists Steve Knox and Robert Tempelton about the health of birds and bird populations in northern New Mexico. They discuss the impact of climate change and habitat destruction on bird health and migration. Most importantly, they get philosophical as to why birds are so interesting and important!

Recorded September 6, 2018 at the KNCE studios in Taos, New Mexico. Amy Bell of Groundwork Studio joins Taos Land Trust’s Jim O’Donnell to discuss the how the Land Trust and its partners developed a master plan for the new Rio Fernando Park through a year-long community driven process. The new 20-acre park in the center of Taos will feature a wetland restoration process, dryland agricultural demonstration projects and great bird watching among a host of other activities.


Olivia Romo from the New Mexico Acequia Association talks with Taos Land Trust’s Jim O’Donnell about acequias, water, culture, and farming and how art and activism go hand-in-hand.



Environmental Journalist Ben Goldfarb discusses his new book “Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter”

Invasive Species Management

Host Jim O’Donnell talks to Ben Wright, Education Coordinator at the Taos Land Trust, about so-called “invasive” species, why they are so persistent and how we might eradicate, manage or even welcome them into our landscapes.

What is the Taos Land Trust?
The first episode of the Taos Land Trust Radio Hour hosted by Jim O’Donnell feat. Kristina Ortez. In this episode Jim and Kristina highlight the work of Taos Land Trust.

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