Sign unveiling Sunday for Organ Mountains monument

Las-Cruces-Sun-NewsLAS CRUCES >> U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials will host a sign unveiling Sunday in the Organ Mountains east of Las Cruces.

The event runs from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Dripping Springs Natural Area, located about 10 miles east of Las Cruces at the east end of Dripping Springs Road, according to an event news release.

Also, some of the new signs, which mark the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, will be installed.

The signs installation is part of a “Friends Rendezvous” project of the Conservation Lands Foundation, a group that promotes protecting and restoring public lands. Some 200 project participants will be in the Las Cruces area between Friday and Sunday as part of the project.

Meanwhile, a “community celebration” to mark the one-year anniversary of the national monument will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Alameda House, 526 S. Alameda Blvd., in Las Cruces, according to a news release. It will feature live music. Local dignitaries and elected officials are expected to attend. The public is invited.

The national monument was designated on May 21, 2014.