On Wednesday, May 21, 2014, President Barack Obama signed the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument designation. On May 23, 2014, New Mexicans celebrated President Obama’s designation of the new Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in Las Cruces, New Mexico. U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and U.S. Senators Tom Udall, Martin Heinrich, and Jeff Bingaman (Ret.) joined monument supporters including Native American, Hispanic, and business leaders, elected officials, sportsmen, ranchers, veterans, interfaith leaders, conservationists, historians, archaeologists, and others. This video captures New Mexicans at the event thanking President Obama and reflecting on the importance of the new monument.
Produced by the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce, Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce, and Partnership for Responsible Business.
New Mexicans Thank President Obama, Importance of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument
Carrie Hamblen, Executive Director of the Las Cruces Green Chamber, was invited to address an audience at the Department of the Interior in Washington D.C. prior to the signing of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument by President Barack Obama.
Please click here to read the remarks she made that day: Thank you President Obama
New Mexico businesses support the designation of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument because:
- Protecting the public lands in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region preserves the crossroads of New Mexico’s diverse heritage and grows local jobs and our economy for our future.
- These areas include historic and cultural sites like: an original Butterfield Trail stop, Apollo space mission test site in Kilbourne Hole, WWII aerial targets, thousands of petroglyphs, and more.
According to an independent economic study commissioned by the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce, protecting the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as a national monument would have a “significant” and positive impact on the local economy.
The findings of the study include:
- The protection of the region’s public lands would contribute more than $7.4 million in additional annual economic activity.
- Monument designation will double the number of jobs (to 88) that will be supported by the outdoor recreation and tourism industry in the region.
- Monument designation will provide $560,000 in state and local tax revenues.
- Access to public lands for hunting and grazing will not change due to monument designation
- Small business owners and economists agree that protecting our public lands could give Dona Ana County a competitive advantage in attracting new businesses to the area.
- The designation of OMDP as a national monument is expected to increase visitation and related spending at hotels, restaurants, and retail establishments in Dona Ana and El Paso Counties.
- Permanent protection of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks area is an investment in the sustainability of New Mexico’s economy and ensures that our region’s unique role as the crossroads of southern New Mexico’s heritage will continue and grow into the future.
Click Here to Read the Full Report: Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks FINAL REPORT
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