On a tour of various landmarks in the Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks region on Wednesday, Southern New Mexico veterans from every branch of the military discussed their strong shared support for protecting rich public lands within the Organ Mountains and Desert Peaks region in Doña County. Veterans spoke of the importance of having protected mountains and open space at home for veterans to recreate and provide a sanctuary.
Tony Cano, a New Mexico State University history major, wants the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument to become a reality. So does Bernie Digman and Peter Ossorio, who with Cano, are all Las Cruces military veterans.
Wilderness effort makes new appeal: Petition cites history in seeking to establish national monument status
With Congress unlikely to pass public land protections in the near future, supporters of wilderness protections in Doña Ana County are starting a new drive to convince President Barack Obama to grant national monument status to the Organ Mountains and other areas.
“It’s time to get it done, it’s time it happened,” said Billy Garrett, Doña Ana County commissioner, and retired deputy general superintendent of the Gateway National Recreation Area, in the port of New York and New Jersey.
Garrett was the master of ceremonies at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Museum, where politicians, as well as business, education, and civic leaders, representing 175 entities, gathered to endorse the proposal.
A coalition of business and political leaders, archaeologists, historians and civic groups is calling for a new national monument for New Mexico.
A coalition of archaeologists, historians, former Las Cruces mayors and a former governor are urging federal lawmakers to protect southern New Mexico’s Organ Mountains and the Desert Peaks region. They gathered Tuesday in Las Cruces to throw their support behind legislation sponsored by U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall. The measure introduced by the New Mexico Democrats would protect nearly 400,000 acres of public land in Dona Ana County.
Coverage of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument campaign Kick-off Event in the Las Cruces Sun-News newspaper.
NM Communities in Action and Faith (CAFé) launches radio campaign in Support of Organ Mountains and Desert Peaks National Monument
NM Communities in Action and Faith (CAFé), a Dona Ana County faith-based organization, today launched a broad radio campaign calling attention to the economic and community benefits of creating a National Monument in the Organ Mountains and Desert Peaks region. The group has sponsored two ads running on Las Cruces and Southern New Mexico radio. This is a large, multi-week radio buy.
On March 20th, 2012, a diverse coalition of community leaders, historians and archeologists, business associations, sportsmen, and citizens came together at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum to announce the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument proposal.