Letter Campaign to Make the Organ Mountains a National Monument

Support the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

Please show your support for this important effort by adding your name to this letter:

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House Washington
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 2005

Dear President Obama:

As members of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce in New Mexico, we are a collective group of business owners, employers, leaders, and participants in Doña Ana County’s local business community. We are writing today to express support for the proposed Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. In addition, we respectfully request that you use your authority under the Antiquities Act to enact this proposal and create a National Monument for the benefit of present and future generations of New Mexicans and all Americans.

Designation of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument would protect important ecological, historical, archeological, and recreational resources on the public lands in Doña Ana County. Equally important, a national monument such as this would benefit the economy of our county and much of the rest of southern New Mexico. Furthermore, the resources within the proposed Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument are nationally significant and worthy of protection through the Antiquities Act.

The Organ, Potrillo, Doña Ana, Robledo, and Sierra de las Uvas Mountains in Dona Ana County are home to a wide variety of unique flora and fauna. They contribute to the aesthetic beauty we enjoy in our communities and provide opportunities for scientific research and varied recreational activities. The Sierra de las Uvas and Potrillo Mountains are lands of particular importance to the sportsmen community because of the diverse landscape and wildlife.

These public lands include invaluable American and pre-American historical sites including the Butterfield Stagecoach Trail, Gadsden Purchase International Boundary, thousands of petroglyphs and other archeological areas, Billy the Kid’s Outlaw Rock, portions of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, World War II Aerial Targets, and Geronimo’s Cave.

Multiple studies have shown that National Monuments create very positive economic development for communities near them including creating new jobs. By protecting our pristine and culturally rich public lands, you can support our growing travel and tourism sector, and help attract retirees, other new residents, and businesses across a range of industries to our region.

We are fortunate that previous Presidents—six Republicans and four Democrats—used the Antiquities Act to designate ten national monuments in New Mexico since 1906. These treasured icons preserve our natural and cultural resources and are economic engines for regional economies. We hope that you will soon be the eleventh President to make history in a similar manner in our state.

We stand ready to work with you to achieve the important goals of protecting our region’s significant natural and cultural treasures and to bring needed jobs and economic development to our region.

Sincerely,

Carrie Hamblen
Executive Director
Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Las Cruces Green Chamber Board of Directors:

Renee Frank, President
Theresa Westbrock
Russel Larcher
Jim Graham
Rosanne Camunez
Mark Westbrock

Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce Member Businesses: