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Statement from Veterans following hike with DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke

The following statement is from over a dozen veterans following a hike with Secretary Zinke through the Valles Canyon in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument: “On behalf of the veterans who spent their morning hiking through the Desert Peaks we want to thank Secretary Zinke for giving us the opportunity to show why theREAD MORE

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CRS Memorandum on Grazing in Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

In July, 2017, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a memorandum on livestock grazing in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. CRS is works exclusively for the U.S. Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. It has been a valued and respectedREAD MORE

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Local Leaders Condemn Governor’s Position on Monuments Communities with New National Monuments Feel Betrayed by Governor’s Action

Press Release – Local New Mexico Leaders Feel Betrayed by Governors Monument Stance Contact: Doña Ana County Commissioner Billy Garrett: 575-915-5755 Taos County Commissioner Mark Gallegos: 575-779-7720 Mayor of Taos Dan Barrone: 575-770-7255 Mayors and County Commissioners near New Mexico’s two National Monuments under review by President Trump are expressing outrage at Governor Martinez’ recentREAD MORE

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New Research Study Highlights Scientific and Archeological Value of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

Press Release CONTACT: Ben Gabriel, Executive Director Friends of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (575) 639-4384 | ben@organmtnfriends.org NEW RESEARCH STUDY HIGHLIGHTS SCIENTIFIC AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL VALUE OF ORGAN MOUNTAINS-DESERT PEAKS NATIONAL MONUMENT 160 known sites, thousands of yet undiscovered sites, represent over 13,000 years of important historic and cultural resources LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO – A newREAD MORE

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Local Elected and Community Leaders Issue Clear Message As Comment Periods Ends “We Want Our Monument to Stay Protected.”

A least 97,000 Comments and Four Local Government Resolutions of Support for Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Sent to Dept. of Interior and Trump Administration on Eve of Deadline Since President Trump issued his Executive Order on April 26th, 2017, directing “the Department of the Interior to review prior monument designations and suggest legislative changesREAD MORE

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LULAC Resolution in support of National Monuments

On July 8, 2017, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) passed a resolution at its National Convention supporting maintaining existing boundaries of national monuments under review by the United States Department of Interior.  The vote was unanimous, with 651 delegates voting for the resolution and none against. National Monuments Support Resolution from NationalREAD MORE

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Letter from LULAC on Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the nation’s oldest and largest Latino civic membership organization, took an official positions of support for designation of OMDP as a National Monument in 2013 through both its New Mexico chapter and the national organization, as did the Hispano Round Table of New Mexico, a coalition ofREAD MORE

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Poll Shows Majority of Doña Ana County Residents Strongly Support Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument; Oppose Any Rollback or Size Reduction

For Immediate Release PDF: PressReleasePoll_ Shows_Strong_Community_Opposition_to_Monument-Rollback_6-13-17 June 13, 2017 Contact:  Mayor of Las Cruces Ken Miyagishima 575-571-2440 / Mayor of Mesilla Nora Barraza, 575-649-4740 / Carrie Hamblen, Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce 575-323-1575 Poll Shows Majority of Doña Ana County Residents Strongly Support Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument; Oppose Any Rollback or Size ReductionREAD MORE

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Southern New Mexico Stands Up to President Trump’s Attack on Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument

Order could threaten national parks, monuments, and public lands across the country Las Cruces, New Mexico (April 26, 2017) – President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order on Wednesday that could threaten the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. The order “directs the Department of the Interior to review prior monument designations and suggest legislativeREAD MORE

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Diverse coalition praises renewed effort to preserve the backcountry in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

Legislation reintroduced by Sens. Udall and Heinrich would protect wilderness within the national monument Las Cruces, New Mexico (February 17, 2016) – Sportsmen, Native Americans, business leaders, veterans, civic groups, current and former local elected officials, archaeologists, historians, and conservation organizations applauded Senators Udall and Heinrich for the re-introduction of the “Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks ConservationREAD MORE

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