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Protect Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks
National Monument

In an unprecedented move, on April 26, President Trump signed an executive order threatening 21 years of national monument designations, including the protection of Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks.

A public comment period for Monument Review runs May 12 to July 10, 2017.

Ways to take action:

1. Send a personal comment online or by mail:

Submit your comment online

To submit by mail:

Monument Review, MS-1530
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20240


 Comment ideas:
  •  Identify your credentials and experience that may distinguish your comments from others, including your personal or professional experience.
  • Include sound science and reasoning supported by facts, data and expert opinions.
  • Explain how any changes to the national monument size or status may impact you negatively.

Sample Comment:

 

Secretary Ryan Zinke

Monument Review, MS-1530

U.S. Department of the Interior

1849 C Street NW

Washington, DC 20240.

Re: Docket ID DOI-2017-0002 Monument Review

 

Dear Secretary Zinke:

 

I am writing to voice my support for the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, and to express my concern over the recent Executive Order to review recently designated Monuments.

 

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument preserves cultural, historical and natural values important to New Mexico and the United States. The area is celebrated for its incredible wildlands and history. It is loved for its natural wonders, such as the peaks of the Organ Needles and the southwestern Chihuahuan Desert. It also features hundreds of unique Native American cultural artifacts and preserves key areas of American and New Mexican history, including Billy the Kid’s Outlaw Rock, a portion of the Butterfield Stagecoach route, and even training sites for the Apollo Space Program and World War II bomber pilots and crews.

 

The establishment of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument was a true nonpartisan community effort that brought people together across the political and cultural spectrum. The process involved extensive participation from the local community, including Hispanic leaders, veterans, Native Americans, sportsmen and women, outdoor enthusiasts, small business owners, local elected officials, faith leaders, conservationists, and countless others.

 

Our monument protects historic and traditional uses, like hunting and grazing, and the abundance of natural beauty attracts countless visitors each year. The pristine and rugged qualities of many areas provide endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, including, horseback riding, hiking, birding, camping, mountain biking and rock climbing.

 

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument has proven to be an economic boon to Dona Ana County, creating priceless advertising and a sustainable economic future for the region. Since the designation, new business and tourism opportunities connected to the National Monument have been created, including the City of Las Cruces’s new “Monuments to Main Street” promotion. Tourists have visited the monument from all over the world since its establishment, contributing to the 102% increase in visitation in the last year alone. Las Cruces was also recently included in Lonely Planet’s “Top 10 Places to Visit,” due in large part to the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

 

Additionally, Bears Ears National Monument, just over the border in Utah, which is first on the list for this review, is a textbook example of the priceless historic, cultural and natural wonders that are protected as National Monuments. Protecting 100,000 archaeological and cultural sites, the monument honors the voices of five tribes who joined together to seek protection of their shared ancestral lands and traditions, Bears Ears National Monument should remain protected permanently.

 

I urge you to leave Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Bears Ears National Monuments intact, without changes.

 

Sincerely,

 

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3. Use social media to tell Secretary Zinke and the Trump Administration that you stand with #OMDP4NM and #MonumentsForAll.

Zinke has said that Twitter is the best way to reach him. Let him know that any threat to our Monument is a threat to our community, our economy, and our way of life.


Sample tweets:

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