Save Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks

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The Executive Order to review National Monuments represents not only a threat to the protection of the lands and cultural sites within the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, but a negative potential impact to surrounding communities and small businesses that have benefitted from it.

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument  preserves cultural, historical and natural values important to New Mexico and the United States. Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks 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 is a cultural haven for its petroglyph-lined canyons of the Sierra de las Uvas Mountains and well-known western historical figures and events including Billy the Kid, Geronimo, the Butterfield Stagecoach route, and even training for the Apollo Space Program and World War II bomber pilots and crews. Doña Ana County is where the Camino Real meets the American West.

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument is good for the economy.
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 monuments and other protected public lands have stronger economies, and that the outdoor and recreational opportunities they provide increase residents’ quality of life, making areas near monuments more attractive to new residents, entrepreneurs and small businesses, and investment. In Las Cruces, the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument is attracting more visitors, creating priceless advertising and a sustainable economic future for the region. 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 across the world since its establishment, contributing to the 102% increase in visitation in the last year alone. Las Cruces was recently included in Lonely Planet’s “Top 10 Places to Visit,” due in large part to the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.
 
The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument has broad and diverse community support.
Groups representing sportsmen, cultural heritage organizations, religous groups, veterans, conservation, recreation businesses, historic preservation, and many others all oppose efforts to undermine the Antiquities Act because of the widespread historic, cultural, and natural treasures that have been protected through its use.

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3. Explain how any changes to the national monument size or status may impact you negatively.