Groups Make Another Push for Protection of Organ Mts

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of archaeologists, historians, former Las Cruces mayors and a former governor are urging federal lawmakers to protect southern New Mexico’s Organ Mountains and the Desert Peaks region.

They gathered Tuesday in Las Cruces to throw their support behind legislation sponsored by U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall. The measure introduced by the New Mexico Democrats would protect nearly 400,000 acres of public land in Dona Ana County.

The groups want a national monument to be created in the area.

Former Gov. Jerry Apodaca says that would protect a cross section of some of the state’s most unique history, from an Apollo Space Mission training area to Billy the Kid’s Outlaw Rock.

Supporters contend the creation of a monument would ensure that public lands remain open to hunting, grazing, hiking, camping and horseback riding.

Advertisements

One thought on “Groups Make Another Push for Protection of Organ Mts

  1. Pingback: More NM Conservation Bills in the Works « EarthAirWaves

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s