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New Mexicans Declare an Attack on One National Monument is an Attack on All

For Immediate Release
December 5, 2017

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Mark Allison, Executive Director, New Mexico Wild, 505-239-0906

Michael Casaus, State Director, Wilderness Society, 505-417-5288

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New Mexicans Declare an Attack on One National Monument an Attack on All

Call on President Trump to Leave New Mexico Monuments Alone

Las Cruces and Taos, New Mexico – Following President Trump’s actions yesterday in Utah to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, and the public release of Interior Secretary Zinke’s national monument report recommendations today, New Mexicans are reasserting their support for Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Río Grande del Norte National Monuments, and imploring President Trump to leave the Land of Enchantment’s national monuments alone.

New Mexicans worked together for decades to preserve Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Río Grande del Norte for future generations to enjoy. And since the designations, the national monuments have proven to be popular assets for the Land of Enchantment. This support was on full display when President Trump first ordered Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to conduct a “review” of certain national monuments.

Of the over 2.8 million comments submitted to the department during the “review,”99 percent expressed support for maintaining/expanding national monuments. Of those that specifically mentioned Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande del Norte, 93 and 98 percent of them, respectively, requested that those monuments not be altered. Statements from New Mexicans today in response to released report:

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees funding for the Interior Department: “Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande del Norte help drive New Mexico’s outdoor recreation and tourism economy; they sustain hundreds good jobs, and they are part of what makes our state a wonderful place to visit and live. I will continue reviewing this report carefully, but Senator Heinrich and I identified a number of errors in Secretary Zinke’s draft report in September — which were based on hearsay and bad data — and it appears that he’s still relying on that wrong information. While Secretary Zinke has assured me that he doesn’t plan major changes, the question of New Mexico’s monuments is now in President Trump’s hands. Until we see what the president will sign, this fight is not over, and New Mexicans should keep calling and writing and making their voices heard.

“The president doesn’t have the legal authority to unilaterally revoke or shrink the boundaries. And when it comes to decisions about the future of public lands, Americans deserve an open and above-board approach – not the sham process the Trump administration has used to try to justify loosening protections. President Trump and Secretary Zinke withheld information from Congress and the public, declined public meetings about their plans, made recommendations in secret, announced part of their decision, and — only then — released a report attempting to legitimize their conclusions. New Mexicans, and the American people were right to be suspicious of the administration’s motives. And after President Trump’s proclamation drastically cutting and re-shaping Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, New Mexicans and the American people are right to be outraged.”

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee: “The Department of Interior’s report is based on hearsay and erroneous data. There’s no question that it threatens both of New Mexico’s community-driven monuments that permanently protected iconic landscapes, increased recreational access, and have proven to be major drivers for our local economies.

“For months, thousands of New Mexicans have told the Trump Administration to keep their hands off our public lands, but it appears they aren’t listening. New Mexico’s national monuments are vitally important to our tribes, the economy, and our way of life as Westerners—and Secretary Zinke should know that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

“I am deeply disappointed Secretary Zinke and President Trump have turned a deaf ear to the overwhelming consensus to protect New Mexico’s conservation legacy, but it comes as no surprise given their track record of declining public meetings, making decisions behind closed doors, and never even stepping foot in the Rio Grande del Norte.

“This has been a deeply flawed process and any decision by President Trump to weaken protections for these special places is illegal and will be met with fierce opposition. 

“Since Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into law more than a century ago, presidents from both political parties have used it to protect the places we all treasure. Places like Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, Rio Grande del Norte, and Bears Ears are exactly the types of places that the Antiquities Act was intended to protect for future generations. Dismantling protections for these landscapes sets a dangerous precedent and will rightly face the same types of legal challenges as others pushed through by a White House hell-bent on appeasing a few extreme interests at the expense of the values of the American people.

“I urge New Mexicans and all Americans to continue making their voices heard to oppose these actions by the Trump Administration. We have a moral responsibility as a nation to our children and all future generations of Americans to protect and conserve our natural and cultural heritage.”

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham: “President Trump’s decision to dramatically reduce the protected lands surrounding Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments is a short-sighted corporate giveaway that undermines two of our nation’s greatest national treasures.  These lands play an irreplaceable role in our nation’s culture, environment, and economy; they are a haven for wildlife and home to archaeological artifacts and recreational opportunities. I will continue to fight to protect America’s public lands and national monuments, including the Rio Grande del Norte and the Organ Mountains in New Mexico, for the benefit of our children and grandchildren.”

Congressman Ben Ray Luján: “The Río Grande del Norte leaves a lasting impression on all those who visit and all those who benefit from the land. The decision to designate the Río Grande del Norte a National Monument was strongly supported by the local community and members of the New Mexico Congressional delegation. I oppose any attempt to undermine the Río Grande del Norte National Monument – this treasure of northern New Mexico must be protected and preserved for future generations.”

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas - “President Trump simply has no legal authority to alter monument designations under the Antiquities Act. His drastic reduction of the Utah monuments is a direct attack on the proud natural, historical and cultural heritage of the Southwest, and it ignores critical voices of tribal leaders and local stakeholders on these lands. If the President chooses to continue these attacks and comes after either Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks or Rio Grande del Norte, I will fight him every step of the way.”

Chairman E. Paul Torres, All Pueblo Council of Governors - “Our Organ Mountains Desert Peaks (OMDP), Rio Grande del Norte (RGDN), Bears Ears and Canyons of the Ancients National Monuments represent landmarks in the deeply rooted history of our shared Puebloan ancestral ties to our cultural way of life, and in the American public lands system. These lands are our homeland. They always have been and will always be. Our culture and stories are everywhere in the canyons, rivers, mountains and in the desert peaks. We are the ancestors of our future generations, and maintain remnants of our adobe and stone dwellings, sacred petroglyph sites and trails, testaments to our elders, to teach our youth our past. Our ancestors are buried there, and we can hear their songs and prayers on every mesa and in every canyon. For us the very landscape is part of all that is sacred. Any reduction of OMDP, RGDN, Bears Ears or Canyons of the Ancients through executive action would be illegal and undermine our tribal sovereignty. This review and potential for any change, is a slap in the face to the members of our Tribes and an affront to Indian people all across the country.”

Mayor of Questa and Taos County Commissioner, Mark Gallegos. “Nearly every local elected official, including myself, supported the designations of our national monuments.  That’s because Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Río Grande del Norte are good for business, enhance our quality of life, and provide a place for our residents to hike, camp, bike, hunt, fish, and more. President Trump should think twice before illegally changing our national monuments that are supported by the majority of New Mexican.”

Billy G. Garrett, Commissioner, District 1, Doña Ana County: "Dona Ana County and the rest of New Mexico has been steadfast in its support for OMDP and RGDN. President Trump's actions in Utah yesterday show he is willing to ignore the will of Americans when it comes to public lands, and that we must remain vigilant in our defense of our Monuments.”

Rev. Virginia Bairby, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church Taos:As a Christian and as a citizen of Taos, I am deeply troubled by Secretary Zinke’s recommended changes to the Río Grande del Norte National Monument. These changes are bad news for the earth, for Native People, and for the well-being of our entire community.

When Secretary Zinke visited New Mexico to conduct his ‘review’ of the Monuments, he did not once step foot in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument. He declined invitations from local business owners, public officials, and tribal groups to meet and talk about the monument. If he had, they would have told him what I’ve heard them say time and time again in public forums: This land is sacred, and we need to protect it. The many faith and cultural traditions represented in Taos share a common commitment to caring for God’s creation and honoring the land. We come to spaces like the Río Grande del Norte National Monument to be closer to our God and Creator. Members of the Pueblo gather sacred herbs, Christians gather to worship Jesus Christ at sunrise on Easter morning, and people who are not part of organized religious communities find a place to stand in the presence of that which is holy and awe-inspiring. This is what our monument means for us: an opportunity to connect to the Source of All Life.

The Río Grande del Norte National Monument also supports our livelihood. The Taos economy is fueled largely by tourism, and the town has seen economic growth since the monument was established in 2013. Lifting vital protections on the monument will serve the interest of out-of-state energy companies, not average citizens. If the monument is degraded and tourism declines, that will hit our town hard – not just the ‘outdoor industries’ (fishing, rafting, mountain biking, etc.), but also restaurants, shops, and all businesses. Less tourism means less business, and less business means fewer jobs. Our community is already faced with high levels of poverty, homelessness, and unemployment. As a Christian pastor to this community, I cannot abide Secretary Zinke’s decision, which will only increase those struggles.”

“Sportsmen have been on the front lines of conserving wildlife habitat like Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Río Grande del Norte,” added Alamogordo public lands sportsman Rod Sims. "Hunting and fishing is a time-tested tradition in the United States, and we need vast backcountry to support healthy wildlife populations. Shrinking, breaking apart, or changing the management of national monuments can fragment habitat and harm wildlife migrations and populations.”

U.S. Marine Combat Veteran, Jeff Swanson, commented, “Our national monuments, including Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, are an important part our country’s identity, and we are known the world over for our protected lands and waters. Veterans return from war find strength and resilience from our lands and waters, and are able to heal and grow. Attacking any of our national monuments is an attack on our country’s values and natural heritage.”

Carrie Hamblen, CEO/President of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce: "Our locally owned businesses continue to benefit from the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.  The Las Cruces community has embraced OMDP as it stands prior to the recommended changes by creating new products, opening new businesses, and hosting events that celebrate the diverse uses on it.  Changing the language of the proclamation, as suggested by Secretary Zinke's report, would negatively impact the nationwide appeal of OMDP to visitors to our area and thus affect our local economy."

Steve Harris, Far Flung Adventures: “I have a small outfitting business on the Rio Grande in northern New Mexico. The Secretary of Interior's report is extremely frustrating because we'd counted on the new National Monument to lift up our recreational tourism business. This is also a gratuitous slap in the face for the local folks who worked so hard to assure traditional users that they'd continue to be able to practice their activities.”

Michael Casaus, New Mexico State Director, The Wilderness Society: “More than 100,000 New Mexicans sent comments to Interior Secretary Zinke about the future of our national monuments and 99% of them said we want to keep our lands protected and unchanged. Yet some of the management changes recommended in the Secretary’s report, such as opening up OMDP and RGDN to mining and logging, would reduce these places to ‘monuments in name only.’ While President Trump and his radical allies like Congressman Pearce are paying back special interests by selling out our natural and cultural wonders, New Mexicans will continue to speak loud and clear—keep your hands off our public lands!”

Jay Foley, Mountain Skills Climbing School: “The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument is an integral part of our business. Our mountain skills rock climbing guides have been operating in Taos for 20 years and the designation of the national monument has made a significant improvement in our business. The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument hosts some of the best basalt cliffs in the Southwest and his home to world class rock climbing. The monument draws people to this remote location helping with our struggling local economy.”

Nick Streit, Taos Fly Shop: Zinke's ’review‘ of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, was poorly executed, with no input from the local community, or the local managing agency.  If the Secretary had done his job, he would come to our community and learned from people like me who make a living in the National Monument that we want ZERO changes to the monument physically, or the way it is used.”   

Stuart Wilde, Wild Earth Llama Adventures: "Any changes to the Rio Grande del Norte could lessen protections for sensitive cultural sites, have an impact on critical wildlife corridors, and a negative effect local tourism businesses like mine. The monument review process has ignored the years overwhelming community support and participation, both before and after National Monument designation."

Carl Colonius, Enchanted Circle Trails Association: “The report recently released by the Department of the Interior recommending ‘altering the management plan’ for the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument is laughable.  Secretary Zinke used cookie cutter language across the board in his report, justifying a pre-determined agenda to reduce and compromise public lands.

Specific to the RGDNNM, the Secretary’s report references grazing permittees’ reduced access to their pastures as a rationale for adapting or changing the management plan.  No travel restrictions have been put into place that reduce access for grazing permittees.  I am the Director of the Enchanted Circle Trails Association, an organization that is contracted for services by the Bureau of Land Management, the federal agency responsible for management of the RGDNNM.  ECTA and the BLM are partnering in the development of trail systems and recreational infrastructure for these public lands.  So, let me say again: no access to this national monument has been closed, or hampered, at all, so the allegation that grazing permittees have been inconvenienced and are not renewing their permits is false.”  

Mark Allison, Executive Director, New Mexico Wild: “The President’s actions yesterday were a travesty of historic proportions. Regardless of what he decides with the other national monuments in the upcoming days, his ‘burn the house down’ behavior will be viewed by future Americans as shameful. New Mexicans stated loudly and clearly to leave our national monuments alone and that is what we now call on him to do.”

Fernando Clemente, sportsman and president of the Friends of the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks: "Sportsmen and women don't want or need modifications to the existing monument proclamation of the Organ Mountain Desert Peaks National Monument. We worked within our own community, with local stakeholders, and with the Department of Interior to get the proclamation right the first time. The Organ Mountain Desert Peaks National Monument, as currently managed, already protects our ability to hunt here for generations to come."

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Celebrating Expanded Access to Sabinoso Wilderness Area

New Mexico Wild Celebrates Expanded Access to Sabinoso Wilderness Area

Sabinoso Wilderness

 

Contact: Mark Allison, Executive Director, New Mexico Wild, 505-239-0906

Albuquerque, New Mexico (November 9, 2017) -- The Department of Interior announced today the addition of approximately 3,600 acres to the 16,030-acre Sabinoso Wilderness east of Las Vegas, New Mexico. Created in 2009, Sabinoso has been surrounded by private property, making it the only “landlocked” wilderness area in the country. Today’s announcement not only marks the first expansion of a wilderness area in the country by the Trump administration but also the culmination of a nearly decade-long effort to provide access to the public.

Today’s announcement was made possible by the Wilderness Land Trust which purchased the Rimrock Rose Ranch for the purpose of donating it to the public to own in perpetuity. The area will be managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The Sabinoso Wilderness is a rugged backcountry area that is characterized by its remoteness, red rock canyons, archaeological sites and solitude. It is home to elk, mule deer, mountain lions, and wild turkey. The headwaters of the Canadian River run through Cañon Largo. Cañon Largo was a well-traveled route used by native people for centuries and by cavalry traveling from Fort Union to Fort Bascom in the 19th century.

Interest from residents of San Miguel County and throughout New Mexico has been high and New Mexico Wild is gratified that the public will finally be able to visit this beautiful area to hike, backpack, photograph, hunt and ride horses. “This is a dream come true for many New Mexicans who worked for years to permanently protect this wild and spectacular place. Our supporters have been hungry to visit Sabinoso since its designation and we are elated that the public will finally be able to enjoy this northern New Mexican treasure,” said Mark Allison, Executive Director of New Mexico Wild.

New Mexico Wild organized dozens of volunteers who donated nearly 1,000 hours to make the former ranch ready for transfer to the National Wilderness Preservation System by removing fencing, corrals and other structures.

“During a time when we see corporate special interests attempt to undermine and privatize our public lands, it is welcome news indeed to see the Wilderness Land Trust work to strengthen and add to them. Having a private owner willingly donate these spectacular lands to the American people and ensuring that they will be protected for future generations is more than generous, it is patriotic,” said Allison.

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ABOUT THE NEW MEXICO WILDERNESS ALLIANCE: Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017, New Mexico Wild is a statewide, independent, grassroots non-profit 501 (C)(3), advocacy organization dedicated to the protection, restoration and continued respect of New Mexico’s wildlands and Wilderness areas. www.nmwild.org

Fate of NM National Monuments Now in Hands of President Trump

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Contacts:

Mark Allison, Executive Director, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

505-239-0906

National Monument Review Report Released; Fate of New Mexico National Monuments Now in Hands of President Trump

Actions on Utah’s Monuments Largest Attack on Protected Public Lands in History

Albuquerque, NM—New Mexico Wild condemns President Trump’s actions yesterday to eviscerate the Grand Staircase-Escalante by nearly 50% and Bears Ears National Monument by almost 85%, totaling a reduction of nearly 2 million acres. This represents the largest roll-back of public lands protections ever – so far. We view an attack on one national monument as an attack on all. We stand in solidarity with New Mexico’s All Pueblo Council of Governors, the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition and the overwhelming majority of Americans who opposed this. New Mexico Wild will file a friend of the court amicus brief on their behalf. 

Today, Interior Secretary Zinke released his recommendations to the President on the national monument review. While Secretary Zinke did not recommend shrinking the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) or Rio Grande del Norte (RGDN) National Monuments, he did recommend amending the Monuments’ proclamations. While we are cautiously satisfied to see no changes to the boundaries recommended, our position all along has been that this review should never have been ordered by President Trump. Similarly, we believe any changes to the presidential proclamations creating these monuments are unwarranted, unwelcome, and illegal.

The justifications cited for recommending changes to the proclamations – to preserve public access, grazing, tribal cultural use, hunting and fishing rights, as examples, are not only already allowed, but were specifically highlighted in the Presidential Proclamations that created these national monuments. Indeed, preserving public access and traditional uses for current and future generations was a primary reason for protecting these public lands in the first place.

Concerns about border security, an issue referenced in the report justifying recommended amendments to the OMDP proclamation, were also thoroughly considered and addressed in the original Proclamation, which actually enhanced border security by including a five-mile buffer to the international border. More detailed protocols about how to address these types of issues are more appropriately addressed through the monument management planning process – a public process with extensive opportunities for stakeholder engagement.

Moreover, the areas of concern noted in Secretary Zinke’s report were based on factual inaccuracies. For example, Zinke wrote that “I heard from local stakeholders that a lack of access to roads due to monument restrictions has left many grazing permittees choosing not to renew permits.” New Mexico Wild investigated this claim and found no evidence that any grazing permits in either of New Mexico's national monuments have been altered due to Monument designation. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has confirmed that no permit changes have occurred on BLM land since designation. The State Land Office has confirmed that the only change to a state grazing permit in OMDP since designation has been an increase on one permit, and cannot provide any information on changes to grazing permits inside RGDN. Senator Heinrich questioned BLM on this issue during a Senate hearing several months ago. The agency stated it had not been consulted during Secretary Zinke's monument review or requested to provide information. While we do not believe that any changes to Presidential Proclamations are legal, actions should certainly not be based on sloppy and error-ridden reports or hearsay.

Most importantly, the report released today contains only recommendations. The fate of our national monuments is now in the hands of President Trump. Until he takes action, it is impossible to know whether they will be harmed, or to what extent. New Mexico Wild will remain vigilant. 

“The President’s actions yesterday were a travesty of historic proportions. Regardless of what he decides with the other national monuments in the upcoming days, his ‘burn the house down’ behavior will be viewed by future Americans as shameful. New Mexicans stated loudly and clearly to leave our national monuments alone,” said Mark Allison, executive director of New Mexico Wild, “and that is what we now call on him to do.”

New Mexico Wild announced this summer that any Presidential action that reduced or removed protections for the numerous historic, cultural, and ecological objects and resources within the monuments will be met with immediate legal action.

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War On The Gila

Military training proposal would put important Gila cultural and ecological resources at risk and threaten local economies

Contacts:

Mark Allison, Executive Director, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, mark@nmwild.org (505) 239-0906

Allyson Siwik, Executive Director, Gila Conservation Coalition, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (575) 590-7619

Chris Schlabach, Co-Owner of Gila Hike & Bike, (575-740-8481)

Silver City, NM (November 7, 2017) — In response to public outcry about a proposal that could put

the Gila Wilderness and surrounding communities at risk, Holloman Air Force Base (HAFB) has agreed to host a public meeting on Nov. 14th at 6:00 pm at the Grant County Administration Building regarding their “Special Use Airspace Optimization Project.” While the public is invited to attend the meeting, public comments will not be allowed to be submitted either verbally or in writing. A public rally is planned at 5:00 pm at the Grant County Administration Building to show strong public concern over this proposal and process. This public rally will include local elected officials, business owners, sportsmen organizations, outfitters, veterans and conservation groups.

The 6:00 pm meeting in the Grant County Commission Chambers will focus on recently announced plans to conduct 10,000 fly-overs annually above the Gila National Forest, including the Gila and Aldo Leopold Wilderness Areas. Trainings will include low altitude overflights, at 500 feet above the national forest and 2,000 feet above wilderness. The proposal would drop 30,000 magnesium flares and toxic “defensive chaff” each year.

“Their proposal would essentially mean that all of the wilderness areas, wilderness study areas and the entire Gila National Forest would look and sound like a war zone,” said Mark Allison, Executive Director of New Mexico Wild.

Conservation organizations and business interests sent a letter to Holloman on October 13, 2017 asking that the scoping period be reopened and extended and that they hold a public meeting in Silver City to explain to concerned citizens what exactly they are proposing, why it is necessary, and why they think the Gila National Forest is an appropriate place for jets and incendiary devices in an area that has suffered from drought and is home to a very dry, and brittle forest.

“As a veteran, and former Navy SEAL, I know that the readiness of our nation’s military is a top priority, including for those of us here in southern New Mexico,” said Grant County resident Brett Myrick. "But this is exactly the wrong place for screaming jets and incendiary devices.  People live and visit here because of the peace and quiet of our public lands.  This would ruin what I love most.”

HAFB is accepting comments on the proposal though citizens have little information to base their comments or recommendations on. Local groups are urging HAFB officials to address major topics of concern, including:

  • Has Holloman investigated DOD lands to see if the objectives of their training mission can be accomplished somewhere more appropriate?
  • What are the levels and frequency of noise from low-altitude training missions and from 1000 supersonic sorties over the Gila?
  • What would the implications of this be to wildlife, including endangered species? For hunting? For cattle ranchers, including calving? For local businesses such as outdoor retailers and outfitters? For local governments and economies that depend on recreationists, hunters, and tourists?
  • What are the impacts of magnesium flares being released over the forest each year? Do they increase the risk of wildfire?
  • In the event of a flare caused wildfire, who would bear the expense and risk of firefighting activities?
  • What is contained in chaff?  How are toxins disbursed in wind? Are contaminants like chromium and lead included in chaff and what are the environmental consequences to human health, wildlife, waterways and the land?
  • Will there be night time overflights and what will the impact be on night skies, including flares?

“Our business and local economy depend on tourism and outdoor recreation," said Chris Schlabach, co-owner of Gila Hike & Bike. “One of the distinctive features of the Gila National Forest and Wilderness is how quiet and remote it is. With low altitude flyovers, both tourism and ecosystems will suffer.” 

“Now is an important time for local residents to speak up and have a voice in the process,” said State Representative and veteran Rudy Martinez. “Our community stands to be impacted greatly and we need clear information to evaluate this proposal and help the Air Force understand the concerns we have about the future of our community and the need to protect what makes this region special—our protected public lands.”

Conservation groups will provide technical scoping comments to the Grant County Commission on November 14 and ask that they be provided to Holloman AFB. Concerned citizens may also go to http://actnow.io/6l8d4C1to sign a petition opposing this proposal.

“It’s critical that community members stand up for peaceful skies and public lands in this early phase of the environmental process,” said Allyson Siwik, Executive Director of the Gila Conservation Coalition. “We need to impress upon the Air Force that the Gila Region is one of the special places that make New Mexico the Land of Enchantment and should not be considered for expanded special use airspace.”

“Veterans groups have been strong allies of ours in the battle for public lands,” said Allison. “They know that public lands offer solace and healing for many returning combat veterans. How ironic and devastating it would be to take this away from them. As we celebrate Veteran’s Day, we honor the service of those in uniform. We also think protecting America’s first Wilderness is patriotic and that there are other areas more appropriate for these training exercises.”

Written comments can be submitted to http://p2a.co/SnYGPdf.

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