I am hoping that this email will bring a little joy into your lives as we shelter in place for a while to try to get the coronavirus under control.  How about some Banff films to add a little excitement to your couchsurfing?  Get ready because the Banff Virtual World Tour is coming soon, and the best way for you to see it is by using the SFCT affiliate link so that we can get a little percentage of the ticket price to support our trails and conservation work.  Banff says it may be ready by Thanksgiving, so keep your eyes peeled.  Nothing like some adrenaline fueled films to offset the tryptophan from the turkey many of you will be eating!  More details are below.

We are also so grateful to Laura Paskus and Bill deBuys, who are going to sit down for a chat about climate change in the southwest on December 9 at 6:30 PM.  When you are stuck at home, there’s nothing like a fireside chat with these two fabulous authors who will talk about their books and answer your questions about the climate on a chilly night.  Mark your calendar now so you won’t forget to tune in.  We’ll be sending out a link closer to the date.

For now, we just wanted to send out some love to you all.  Thanks for doing all you can to keep our numbers low so our health care providers won’t be overwhelmed.  Take good care.  We will get through this together!



Sarah Noss
Executive Director



​It’s Back with All New Award-Winning Films!

Online and available in a few weeks – get inspired, explore the mountain world and have a wild adventure from home!

Gripping action, outdoor escapades, personal quests, environment, culture – it’s all here to get you jazzed and help you feel like you are with the Banff-loving crowds at the Lensic once again. Get ready to grab a cocktail and some food; get in front of the biggest screen you can find at home; and buckle up for the ride!

Banff World Tour Programs (programs are like a full night at the Lensic) ARE NOW AVAILABLE for $15 (two for $28). Use SFCT’s exclusive link above to purchase tickets and to see what’s playing. When you make a purchase through SFCT’s link, part of the proceeds will come back to support our work. Go to our Banff Mountain Film Festival Page for lots more details, including the perfect gift for someone over the holidays!

Our incredible sponsors continue to hang in there with us to make this happen. Please give them a shout of thanks and patronize their businesses whenever you can!

“How well we adapt depends on how well we plan. And planning means taking care of one another.”

– Laura Paskus, AT THE PRECIPICE

DECEMBER 9   ∙   6:30PM

We are proud to bring together two distinguished environmental writers for an online and up-front conversation about what climate change really means in New Mexico – one of the fastest warming states in the country!  Stories about places we know and love. What is happening in nature, on our local lands and in our state, and what is not happening to counteract the impact and why.

Mark your calendars to join us and be on the lookout for details!

Laura Paskus, whose new book, At the Precipice: New Mexico’s Changing Climate, was just published by UNM Press.  Leading the discussion will be Bill deBuys, author of A Great Aridness, Climate Change and the Future of the Southwest.  Bill was one of the founders of SFCT!


“Climate change is global, but it is also surely local. Paskus shares the science and her love for imperiled New Mexico in a way that brings this story to our own doorsteps.” – John Fleck, coauthor of Science Be Dammed: How Ignoring Inconvenient Science Drained the Colorado River


AARP says that 6 in 10 Americans don’t have a will or an estate plan, yet the coronavirus is also making people realize that anything can happen at any time.  If you are working to fill this gap in your life, consider this:  Does your connection to the land sustain, enrich and inspire you?  Are you concerned about access to nature for your children and grandchildren?  Including SFCT in your will is easy to do and will ensure that the land, trails and skies of northern New Mexico will be protected for future generations.  More info is in this planned giving guide.

New Charitable Giving Tax Deduction

One very positive outgrowth of the current situation is that the long quest for a “universal” charitable contribution deduction has finally been fulfilled.  Historically, a charitable contribution tax deduction has been available only to taxpayers who were willing to itemize their taxes. The CARES Act, however, changes that. Moving forward, even those of you who opt for the standard deduction in lieu of itemizing will be able to claim a charitable contribution deduction, up to $300. More information can be found here.

You too can play a role in leaving a legacy!


SFCT depends on the generosity of the community to fund our work.  SFCT partners with our community to keep northern New Mexico’s living lands and people flourishing together.  We protect environmentally significant landscapes, ignite people’s passion for nature and enable the continual regeneration of our healthy place.  If you believe in our mission, please make a donation today!