Letters: Organ Mountains

El Paso Times
4/1/2012
Greg Lennes

This could be a pivotal moment in the history of New Mexico, Doña Ana County and Las Cruces.

It is time to protect the precious Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as a National Monument. It will bring more prosperity and visitors to the region of Las Cruces and El Paso.

Wilderness is a sad story in New Mexico. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, our neighbor Arizona has 4,528,913 acres of designated wilderness areas while New Mexico has only 1,623,843 acres. This is a disgrace to New Mexicans.

In addition, wilderness will be a boost to tourism and will help our local economy. It will be a job creator.

The Republicans for Environmental Protection support the wilderness designation.

It was President Ronald Reagan who signed 43 wilderness bills into law designating a net total of 10.6 million acres that said it best: “I just have to believe that with love for our natural heritage and a firm resolve to preserve it with wisdom and care, we can and will give the American land to our children, not impaired, but enhanced.”

It is time to designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks area as a National Monument.

Greg Lennes
Las Cruces