Las Cruces – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in coordination with Conservation Legacy and No Throw and Cruceno Cleanup, is planning a day of service for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The BLM Las Cruces District staff will organize local volunteers to remove trash from an area in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument (Monument). The cleanup project will be held on January 18, from 9 a.m. to noon, and will be staged from the Doña Ana Mountain parking lot.
Keeping the Monument and all public lands trash-free is a daunting task, but one the sponsors of this event are dedicated to achieving. The BLM will provide the tools to get the job done, including gloves and bags. According to Eileen Davis, Department of the Interior VISTA volunteer, “Trash begets more trash and becomes a cultural norm; removing the trash improves public lands and our communities.”
The day of volunteer service is built upon the belief that ordinary people can come together and achieve extraordinary things for the environment and the public good. With that in mind, the BLM and its partners will be rolling up their sleeves to make a difference and accomplish a very important day of service. They hope local volunteers will also be compelled to join them at the Doña Ana Mountain parking lot (off Exit 9; NM-320; County Road D036) to make a difference at the Monument.
For more information, and for directions to the project site, please contact Eileen Davis at 575-525-4306.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.