Unified Action – April 2012

Support the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Proposal

Sponsored by www.organmountains.org

For more information, email Nathan Small at nathan.p.small@gmail.com

The Issue:

On March 21st, 2012 the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument proposal was introduced at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum outside of Las Cruces, NM. A truly exciting proposal, it brought business leaders, cultural preservation experts, elected officials, sportsmen and community leaders together. Many of the most culturally significant and highest habitat value areas are located outside of the Organ Mountains in the “Desert Peaks” portion of the proposal.

Doña Ana County residents and all New Mexicans stand to benefit significantly from the designation of this National Monument. Under the 1906 Antiquities Act, the President has the authority to designate National Monuments. Now, with Congress unable to move forward on any conservation legislation, we cannot afford to miss this historic opportunity to create the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Asking our Federal delegation to fully support the entire National Monument will help convince President Obama to designate this one of a kind region.

While support has been incredibly strong for the full Monument, Congressman Steve Pearce has introduced legislation that completely leaves out the Desert Peaks region, hurting sportsmen, leaving thousands of petroglyph and archeological sites unprotected, and completely missing historical treasures like the Butterfield Stage Coach Trail, Kilbourne Hole, Geronimo’s Cave, and the Rough and Ready Hills. As the Sun News said in an editorial, Rep. Pearce’s proposal is “one step forward, two steps back”. Join in calling for putting our best foot forward and protecting the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. 

What we are asking:

Send an email to our Federal Delegation, urging them to support the full Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

Suggested text for your email is below.

Send to: 

Senator Jeff Bingaman          senator_bingaman@bingaman.senate.gov, 

Congressman Steve Pearce    www.pearce.house.gov/contact-me

Senator Tom Udall                www.tomudall.senate.gov/?p=contact (

Dear Senator/Congressman,

Please support the full Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

The Monument has a wide and diverse range of support, due to the fact that it was developed by historians, archeologists, conservationists, sportsmen, business leaders, and local elected officials. It builds on over 6 years of local and regional efforts.

We will benefit significantly from the designation of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Designation will increase regional tourism and usage of area lodging, restaurants, and services. Protecting and promoting our Organ Mountains and Desert Peaks, and their incredible scenic beauty, history and culture, and wildlife habitat will create dozens of new reasons for families, retirees, and businesses to come to Dona Ana County.

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument would protect some of the most unique Chihuahuan Desert landscapes and American and pre American history in the United States.  The monument would protect places like Billy the Kid’s Outlaw Rock, over 22 miles of the Butterfield Stagecoach Trail, thousands of petroglyph and other archeological sites, Apollo Mission astronaut training sites and World War II Aerial Targets to name just a few.  Geologically, the monument would protect unique volcanic craters and lava flows, stunning canyons and cliffs, rare Chihuahuan desert grasslands, and the stunning southern sly islands.  Most of these rare resources are found outside the Organ Mountains, and must also be included for protection.

  • The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument would be managed by the BLM.
  • Our region will benefit from BLM management and the fact that wildlife oversight remains with the NM Department of Game and Fish.
  • Grazing of livestock would be permitted and continue in the Monument
  • Border Patrol would continue to perform its mission in the Monument
  • Cars and other motorized vehicles would be allowed in the Monument on designated routes

Already dozens of organizations, the Las Cruces Sun News, local governments and citizens around New Mexico have come together to support the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. We need our federal delegation to join in asking President Obama to designate all of the lands—from the Organ Mountains to the Potrillos, from the Sierra de Las Uvas to the Robledos—as a new BLM National Monument.

Sincerely,

[your name and snail mail address]