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Save the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

Submit your comment letter today with our easy to use tool at the bottom of the page.

Please write a personalized letter to the Department of Interior below. We will hand deliver it to make the most impact.
1. Identify your credentials and experience that may distinguish your comments from others, including your personal or professional experience.
2. Include sound science and reasoning supported by facts, data and expert opinions. Go to www.organmountains.org for information.
3. Explain how any changes to the national monument size or status may impact you negatively.

Talking Points:

President Trump's Executive Order to review our National Monuments is both a threat to the lands and cultural sites within the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, and the surrounding communities and small businesses that have benefited from it.

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument protects cultural, historical, scientific, and natural values important to New Mexico and the United States.

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks is celebrated for its incredible wildlands and history. It is loved for its natural wonders, like the Organ Mountains and rare Chihuahuan Desert. It is a cultural haven with its petroglyph-lined canyons in the Sierra de las Uvas Mountains and historic sites including Billy the Kid's Outlaw Rock, Geronimo's Cave, the Butterfield Stagecoach Trail, Kilbourne Hole's Apollo Space Program training sites and World War II aerial targets in the Desert Peaks.

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument is good for the economy.
The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument has been a tremendous success.  Visitation has increased 102% in the last year alone, with tourists coming from across the world.  The Monument has received widespread publicity including being featured in Lonely Planet’s “Top 10 Places to Visit,” the Los Angeles Times, Outside Online, Men's Journal, and Readers Digest. The City of Las Cruces has even created a new “Monuments to Main Street” promotion in 2016, which has become a top City tourism campaign.  A recent study found that outdoor recreation alone drives an $887 billion economy and supports 7.6 million jobs nationally.  Additionally, numerous studies have shown that communities located near national monuments and other protected public lands have stronger economies, and that the outdoor and recreational opportunities they provide increase residents’ quality of life. Communities near national monuments are more attractive to new residents, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and investment.  In Doña Ana County, the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument is attracting more visitors, creating priceless advertising and a sustainable economic future for the region.

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument has broad and diverse community support.
The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks has the strong support of local and tribal governments, citizens, small businesses, and diverse organizations representing sportsmen, historians and archaeologists, veterans, conservationists, faith communities and many others. These diverse community members oppose efforts to undermine the Antiquities Act which has been essential to protect historic, cultural, and natural treasures in Doña Ana County and elsewhere in our country.