Saving the Organ Mountains
Home to mountain lions, pronghorn antelope and flowering cacti, as well as more than 10,000 years of human history and culture, the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks is an incredible place. That’s why when reckless development and mining threatened this unique landscape, we worked hard to urge President Obama to protect it as a national monument.
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.
- Pronghorn antelope and golden eagles call the mountains home.
- It provides critical habitat for two state-endangered cacti species, such as the Night-blooming cereus.
- On a clear day, the Organ Mountains' steep spires can be seen from 100 miles away.
- President Obama designated the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument on May 21, 2014.