Celebration for newest national monument in Las Cruces
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined the local community and other federal, state, tribal and local leaders to celebrate President Obama's designation this week of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Friday afternoon. White House Council on Environmental Quality Acting Chair Mike Boots, Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and other local leaders joined Jewell.
The President's action honors years of work from the local community and businesses to conserve, protect and enhance some of the public lands located in Doña Ana County in south-central New Mexico.
The Organ Mountains stand just east of Las Cruces, extending for 20 miles and rising to nearly 9,000 feet in elevation. The area is home to a diversity of wildlife, including peregrine falcons and other raptors, as well as mountain lions and other mammals. The BLM currently manages all of the public lands within this new national monument for a range of multiple uses, which will continue, including grazing, conservation of natural and archeological resources and outdoor recreation, such as hunting, hiking, biking, and camping. The area also hosts significant cultural and historic sites.
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