New Mexico’s State Legislators Renew Call to Interior Secretary Zinke for State’s Monuments to be Protected On May 16th, 35 State Legislators from New Mexico reiterated their commitment to protection of New Mexico’s newest National Monuments, Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks. Both were subjected to President Trump’s 2017 Executive Order directingREAD MORE
May 2018 Ryan Zinke Secretary, Department of Interior 1849 C St. NW Washington, DC 20240 Re: National Monument Review Dear Secretary Zinke, In May 2017, you received a letter from New Mexico State Legislators during the comment period for the review of National Monuments per Executive Order 13792. That letter expressed theREAD MORE
For Immediate Release August 24, 2017 Contact: Ben Lewinger, 505-850-9010, email@example.com New Mexicans condemn Secretary Zinke’s assault of our nation’s National Monuments Local communities urge President Trump to not upset broad protections that are benefiting diverse access and economic activity Las Cruces and Taos, New Mexico – New Mexicans of all walks of life, includingREAD MORE
When most people around here think of a national monument, visions of White Sands immediately come to mind—a contiguous area with a unique landscapes that sets it apart from anything else in the state…
In recent days, an already popular proposal to designate an Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks national monument has gained a handful of high-profile new supporters. Late last month, however, Congressman Steve Pearce introduced a wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing bill that would open the door for exploiting more than 150,000 acres of land already under protection.
Over the past few weeks there has been a groundswell of support for establishing a national monument in Doña Ana County. And for good reason: the Organ Mountins-Desert Peaks National Monument would protect our region’s iconic mountains views, preserve our community’s heritage and showcase the national significance of these special places….
Nathan Small and Jeff Steinborn, supporters of efforts to have the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks designated as a national monument, preached to the choir Monday. In the end, the “choir” sang back, as the Mesilla board of trustees unanimously adopted a resolution that now includes the town as supporters of the initiative.
If you could be president of the United States for one day, what would you do? I’d probably want to sneak in some batting practice at Yankee Stadium, quickly, because even for the most powerful person in the world, a single day isn’t a lot of time to—as the late Steve Jobs put it—”make a dent in the universe.”
Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., last week introduced a bill to designate most of the Organ Mountains on Las Cruces’ eastern horizon as a national monument.
While it’s a smaller and less protective set-aside than advocates for federal wilderness seek, it still is a significant step in seeking to protect one of the state’s natural centerpieces. The bill would protect about 58,500 acres of the Organ Mountains from development.
For more than a century, the Antiquities Act has given American presidents the authority to protect some of our nation’s most important and threatened places. Across New Mexico, we see the benefit of the Antiquities Act —Bandelier National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, White Sands National Monument, and El Morro National Monument to name just a few.