Unified Action – January 2014 – National Monument

Support the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

Sponsored by the PVA Executive Committee.

What we are asking

Attend the public meeting on Friday, January 24, at 3 p.m. (doors open at 2:15) at the Ramada Palms, 201 E. University, Las Cruces, New Mexico

If you cannot attend:

First, find someone to attend in your place. Then send an email to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. Thank her for coming to Las Cruces and ask her to support the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Please also email Senators Heinrich and Udall.

Secretary Jewell: feedback@ios.doi.gov

Senator Heinrich: http://www.heinrich.senate.gov/contact/write-martin

Senator Udall: http://www.tomudall.senate.gov/?p=contact

The issue

Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell is coming to Las Cruces Friday, January 24, for a public meeting on the proposed Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

For over a decade, diverse groups have come together to protect this special area near Las Cruces. Now is the time to help push this effort over the finish line.

Who: Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell and Senators Udall and Heinrich

What: Public meeting to discuss designating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as a National Monument

When: Friday, January 24, 3 p.m., doors open at 2:15 p.m.

Where: Ramada Palms Las Cruces, Grand Ballroom, 201 E University Ave, Las Cruces

For more info: http://on.doi.gov/1hfZ3uG

Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich recently re-introduced legislation to protect the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, but after many previous introductions, we are still waiting for action from Congress. However, President Obama can take action and designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument through the use of the Antiquities Act, just as he did with the Río Grande del Norte National Monument in northern New Mexico. Friday’s meeting is an opportunity for New Mexicans to voice their support for an Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument directly to the Obama administration.

Las Cruces has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to protect some of our area’s most beautiful and significant public lands. These lands possess unique Pre-American, New Mexican, and American history including training sites for the Apollo Space Mission, the Butterfield Stagecoach Trail, Billy the Kid’s Outlaw Rock, Geronimo’s Cave, World War II Aerial Targets, and thousands of Native American petroglyph’s and pictographs. Protection of these lands will preserve natural treasures like the Organ Mountains and bring jobs and economic development to our region far into the future. (http://www.organmountains.org/)

When you have completed this action,
please send an “I did it!” to unifiedaction@pva-nm.org.
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