Continue Supporting Wilderness –
Support the Wilderness and National Conservation Area
The Citizens’ Wilderness and National Conservation Area Proposal stands alone, working to protect Doña Ana County’s rich natural heritage. Passage of the proposal would mean permanent protection for the county’s natural crown jewels, from the Organ Mountains, east to Broad Canyon and the Robledos/Sierra de Las Uvas, and then south to the Potrillo Mountains complex.
Tremendous growth rates, recent annexations, and increasing off-road vehicle use are squeezing special public lands. We have the chance to avoid past pitfalls and leave our community a lasting legacy of wilderness.
Over 180 businesses, 30 organizations, and 4 local elected governments support the Citizens’ Proposal. Everyone from sportsmen to business leaders are on board. However, dedicated opposition, spreading misinformation, continues working against wilderness protections in Doña Ana County. Basing decisions on facts and not fear, it is clear that wilderness protection for certain areas in Doña Ana County is critical.
Key Reasons to Protect Wilderness
- Protect Special Places like the Organ Mountains and Broad Canyon with a Proven Designation—Wilderness
Wilderness exists in 46 states. There are 30 Wilderness Areas in New Mexico. Only Wilderness and an National Conservation Areas designations will place these lands in the BLM National Landscape Conservation System, bringing them more money, recognition, and prestige.
- Wilderness will Increase Tourism, and Be Good for Local Economic Development
Communities with protected public lands have higher income levels, as documented by the Sonoran Institute. Simple “withdrawal” would remove the national prestige and tourism benefit resulting from a Wilderness designation.
- Wilderness will Protect Open Space
Our community is growing at a historic rate. Protection of our important places NOW, ensures we protect our quality of life forever.
- Wilderness Is Multiple Use
You can do it all in Wilderness–ranching, camping, horseback riding, hunting, hiking, bird watching, and more!
- Wilderness Includes Ranching
The 1964 Wilderness Act clearly allows ranching. The 1990 Congressional Grazing Guidelines specifically protect grazing operations. Ranching exists in Wilderness all over the West.
What we are asking
With momentum building, it is critical that our elected officials maintain their support and respect our community’s clear consensus for wilderness in Doña Ana County.
Call and/or email the following 5 local elected officials whose continued support is critical.
Thank them for supporting wilderness and ask them to continue their support for the Citizens’ Wilderness and National Conservation Area Proposal.
Mayor William Mattiace, 541-2066
County Commissioner D. Kent Evans
City Councilor Dolores Archuleta
City Councilor Steve Trowbridge
County Commissioner Karen Perez
For more information visit DonaAnaWild.org.