May 24, 2011
Last week, Senators Bingaman and Udall reintroduced a Wilderness bill for Doña Ana County.
Take Action to support this bill today!
S. 1024, the Organ Mountains – Doña Ana County Conservation and Protection Act was introduced on May 18, 2011 by Senator Jeff Bingaman, with Senator Tom Udall as the original co-sponsor.
Similar legislation was introduced during the last Congressional session by Senators Bingaman and Udall, but even though the bill was passed out of committees with broad support, it never received a final vote to become law.
Now, the bill has a new lease on life. Let’s thank our Senators for reintroducing this legislation, and encourage them to keep fighting for the protection of Doña Ana County’s wild lands.
Visit our online action center to send a free fax thanking Senators Bingaman and Udall.
For more information:
Read Sen. Bingaman and Sen. Udall’s Press Release
Read the Press Release from the Hispano Chamber of Commerce de Las Cruces and the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce
Read the Press Release from the Back Country Horsemen of New Mexico and the Dona Ana County Associated Sportsmen
More About the Organ Mountains – Doña Ana County Conservation and Protection Act
– If passed, this Act would protect the most iconic landscapes in Doña Ana County and Southern New Mexico: the Organ Mountains, Potrillo Mountains, Aden Lava Flow, and Broad Canyon, among other landmarks.
– 241,000 acres would be protected as designated Wilderness. Currently, there is no Wilderness on BLM land in the entire southern half of New Mexico!
– An additional 100,000 acres will be protected in a National Conservation Area.
– The Act was developed from a Citizens Proposal, and enjoys the bipartisan support of thousands of local citizens, hundreds of local businesses, the Back Country Horsemen of New Mexico, the Doña Ana County Associated Sportsmen, Southwest Consolidated Sportsmen, the Hispano Chamber of Commerce de Las Cruces, the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce, local government, former Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett, and Paul Deason, member of the US Department of Justice Anti-terrorism Advisory Council.