An iconic landmark threatened 

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks is one of the most iconic landmarks in southern New Mexico. On a clear day, the steep spires can be seen from over 100 miles away in every direction. Home to flowering cacti, golden eagles and pronghorn antelope, it hosts over 10,000 years of human history and culture.

When reckless development and hardrock mining threatened to scar the pristine landscape and destroy habitat for incredible and at-risk species, we jumped into action. We worked with our members and allies to urge President Obama to permanently protect the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks by designating it a national monument. 

15,000 New Mexicans call for protections

Environment New Mexico staff talked to more than 23,000 New Mexicans and, together with our allies, gathered nearly 15,000 petition signatures to demonstrate widespread public support for this special place.

And this spring our hard work paid off. President Obama heeded our call to protect the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and officially established the national monument on May 21, 2014. 

Together, we protected the Organ Mountains 

Together, we're permanently protecting this important part of our natural heritage for future generations to enjoy. Our members and allies made it all possible.

Preservation Updates

News Release | Environment New Mexico

Bernalillo County Commission urges Congress to save Land & Water Conservation Fund before it’s too late

The Bernalillo County Commission voted unanimously to support reauthorization and full funding of the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is set to expire at the end of September if Congress does not act. The resolution calls for swift action from Congress to fully fund and permanently reauthorize LWCF.

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News Release | Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center

24 NM Elected Leaders Pledge Support for LWCF in Letter to Congress

Nearly 25 New Mexico elected leaders this week sent a letter to both Republican and Democratic leadership of the United States Senate describing the local benefits of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and asking them to reauthorize and fully fund the landmark conservation legislation before it sunsets on September 30, 2015.

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Report | Environment New Mexico

New Mexico Elected Leaders Letter to Congress Supporting Reauthorization of LWCF

Nearly 25 New Mexico elected leaders this week sent a letter to both Republican and Democratic leadership of the United States Senate describing the local benefits of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and asking them to reauthorize and fully fund the landmark conservation legislation before it sunsets on September 30, 2015.

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News Release | Environment New Mexico

Environment New Mexico Endorses Candidates for 2014 Elections

Environment New Mexico, a statewide environmental organization, announced today the endorsement of three candidates for federal office in the 2014 elections.

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News Release | Environment New Mexico

Victory: Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks protected as a national monument

President Obama permanently protected the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks outside Las Cruces by designating them a national monument. This is a major victory for New Mexicans including the thousands that called on the administration to protect the region. 

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