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After working successfully to safeguard Otero Mesa from oil and gas development for over a decade, there is a new and even more volatile threat to this wild desert grassland—hardrock mining.Twila Rayne Otero copy

On August 1, Denver-based Geovic Mining Corporation started exploratory drilling on Wind Mountain, the most iconic peak in Otero Mesa.

This type of hardrock mining operation will significantly alter the landscape and have serious impacts on wildlife habitat, soil composition and the underground aquifer in Otero Mesa.

Please, join me in ensuring that future generations can enjoy the beauty of Otero Mesa by donating online today.

Your important contribution will help us continue the fight to protect Otero Mesa from those who are trying to destroy it.

Now is the time to take action to help preserve the spaces that we love and to pass on a wild future to our children.

Act now—the first 25 donations of $50 or more will receive a free 2011 Wild Guide!  Your support is critical to help us reach our goal of $20,000 to support our wilderness campaigns.

For Wilderness,

Stephen Capra

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News About the Otero Mesa Campaign

  • Babbitt blames White House for bartering away Otero Mesa lands +

    POLITICS: Babbitt blames White House ‘munchkins’ for bartering away public lands (06/08/2011)    

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  • No BLM cookie monster for Mescalero students: Positions on future of Otero Mesa evolving +

    By Dianne Stallings
    Ruidoso News
    08/20/2013

    When a package arrived from Jesse Juen, New Mexico director

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  • Taking a stand for our new national monument – Wilderness Weekly August 15, 2013 +

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  • Wilderness Weekly – July 25, 2013 +

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  • BLM draws fire for selling leases under contested management plan +

    April Reese, E&E reporter
    Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013

    SANTA FE, N.M. — Several of the

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