On Valentine’s Day, many folks try to do something special for those they love. While you’re at it, why not do the same for the lands you love? All of us own 635 million acres of national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and western acreage overseen by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Many of these places put up with a lot of abuse: poorly executed mining, drilling, and logging, to note a few–we need to make sure Otero Mesa isn’t one of them!
Today, send a note to New Mexico’s BLM chief to let her know how much you love Otero Mesa.
Southern New Mexico’s Otero Mesa is one of the largest remaining pieces of intact Chihuahuan Desert grasslands in the United States and is home to more than 1,000 native species, including rare grasses, bald eagles, and pronghorn. It also provides habitat vital to mule deer, black-tailed prairie dogs, mountain lions, and 200 species of migratory songbirds. There are thousands of ancient archeological sites, including petroglyphs on Alamo Mountain that date back 1500 years. The area also contains more than a half million acres of roadless, wilderness-quality lands. For more than a decade, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance has been working with the Coalition for Otero Mesa to fend off oil and gas drilling proposals. Drilling could contaminate the Salt Basin aquifer, the largest underground water source in New Mexico.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
The Otero Mesa Grasslands within the Chihuahuan Desert (of southern New Mexico) have long been recognized as “special” by the State of New Mexico, former Governor Bill Richardson, numerous state…Read More