Momentum grows for Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument
The Organ Mountains and Desert Peaks in southern New Mexico are the crossroads of the state’s diverse history and culture. For nearly a decade, the community has worked to safeguard this special place, which seamlessly blends history and culture with the natural beauty that defines southern New Mexico.That is why Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visited Las Cruces on Jan. 24—and heard firsthand why the community wants to preserve Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as a national monument.Because of inaction in Congress to protect these public lands, New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, former New Mexico senator Jeff Bingaman, and a diverse, locally based coalition have asked President Obama to designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks national monument by using the Antiquities Act.
An Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks national monument would also protect natural treasures such as the Sierra de Las Uvas Mountains, the Portrillo volcanic field, rare examples of Chihuahuan desert grasslands, and the Sky Islands. It would also safeguard New Mexican and American landmarks along the Camino Real National Historic Trail, the Apollo mission training site at Kilbourne Hole, 22 miles of the Butterfield Stagecoach Trail, Billy the Kid’s Outlaw Rock, thousands of Native American archaeological sites, and the Gadsden Purchase International Boundary.
Please thank Secretary Sally Jewell for visiting Las Cruces to hear why the community wants to protect this area as a national monument.
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