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Save Rio Grande del Norte 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 and we will hand deliver to make the most impact. To provide the most effective comment:
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 http://www.riograndedelnorte.org/ for information.
3. Explain how any changes to the national monument size or status may impact you negatively.

Talking Points:

The Executive Order to review National Monuments represents not only a threat to the protection of the lands and cultural sites within the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, but a threat to the way of life in Northern New Mexico and small businesses that have benefited from it.

The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument is a cherished public wild land and New Mexico icon, enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. This Monument not only protects the unique high desert ecology and volcanic geology of the Taos Plateau and the Rio Grande Gorge, but also preserves the area’s rich cultural and historical significance.

The establishment of the Rio Grande del Norte was a true nonpartisan community effort, bringing people together across the political and cultural spectrum, to stand together for the area’s designation as a National Monument. The process to establish our National Monument involved support and participation from the local community, including ranchers, sportsmen, conservation groups, land grant heirs, acequia parciantes, outfitters and guides, and local businesses, as well as local and tribal governments.

The Rio Grande del Norte is a critical economic engine that fuels our local economy, creates hundreds of jobs, and brings visitors to northern New Mexico. The Rio Grande del Norte is a great example of how public lands conservation generates tourism dollars, and is a viable model of sustainable economic development.

Our National Monument protects and ensures traditional and cultural uses. The Rio Grande del Norte Proclamation contains unprecedented and specific verbiage to acknowledge local land grants, and historic uses like hunting and fishing, as well as firewood collection and piñon nut gathering.

The local community, businesses, and citizens throughout the state worked in collaboration with a diverse group of community stakeholders to protect these lands and to advocate for their designation as a national monument.