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 respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.
The memorandum found that in Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument,
“there have been no changes to livestock grazing on the ground as a result of the establishment of the monument, according to BLM. For instance, there have been no changes to terms and conditions of grazing leases and permits, or the number of acres grazed, as a result of the monument proclamation, according to the agency.”
The memorandum comes amidst an unprecedented nation-wide review of national monuments, including Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, from the Trump administration.
View the entire memorandum here.