By Gary Gerew
Albuquerque Business First
President Obama announced that he will sign a proclamation designating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in southern New Mexico as a national monument on Wednesday.
“The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument will put the unique and spectacular desert landscapes of Southern New Mexico on recreation maps around the world, attracting tourists to the region, creating jobs and bringing in millions of dollars in tourism revenue,” Udall said in a statement.
“This is a very special moment for New Mexico and a major accomplishment for the community who has worked tirelessly for a decade to make the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument a reality,” Heinrich said. “An Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument will preserve important cultural links to our past and strengthen southern New Mexico’s economy by boosting tourism and recreational opportunities, like hunting, hiking, camping, and horseback riding.”
Tim Gaudette, Western Outreach Manager of Small Business Majority, also said the move is a good one.
“This is great news for New Mexico entrepreneurs,” said Gaudette in a statement. “Small business owners in New Mexico strongly believe the preservation of the state’s natural assets is essential to their financial success and that of local economies. The new site will open up new opportunities for small businesses, tourists and the local economy.”