Our Work

Today, we need your help in keeping grassroots pressure on Washington to ensure that two cultural and ecological jewels of the Southwest—the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande del Norte—stay on top of Obama’s list for permanent protection. Both of these diverse and wild landscapes are rich with New Mexico history and culture.

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument proposal protects a New Mexico legacy spanning Pre-American, New Mexican, and American history that includes training sites for the Apollo Space Mission, the Butterfield Stagecoach TrailBilly the Kid’s Outlaw RockGeronimo’s Cave and thousands of Native American petroglyph’s and pictographs.

The Río Grande Del Norte National Monument proposal safeguards thousands of archaeological sites that are associated with a diverse range of cultural traditions that span at least 11,000 years of human occupation. This area was revered as a sacred site to its prehistoric residents.

With just an executive signature, we can protect our unique cultural heritage for generations to come, but we need your support to keep these monuments at the forefront of the administration’s priorities. 

Your donations not only help us continue vital outreach to decision makers but also support our work with archaeologists, historians, geologists, anthropologists, geographers and the culturally diverse communities of New Mexico—all of which demonstrate the breadth of support for both of these national monuments.

Please join us in protecting these important archaeological sites that hold the key to our past—and our future. Give your tax-deductible year end contribution now.

Thank you for your ongoing support and keep it wild!


NM Wild Campaign Team

John Olivas, Traditional Community Organizer
john olivasAs Traditional Community Organizer, Olivas represents traditional communities in northern New Mexico focusing his conservation work with grazing permittees, land grant members and Acequia Mayordomos and Parciantes. In addition to his role as traditional community organizer for NM Wild, Olivas is chairman of the Mora County Commission.
Jeff Steinborn, Southern NM Director
Jeff SteinbornSouthern NM Director Jeff Steinborn also serves as a newly elected state representative—he served in the same role from 2006-2010. He is a former aide to Senator Jeff Bingaman for southwest New Mexico, and a former legislative assistant to Congressman Bill Richardson.
Nathan Small, Wilderness Protection Coordinator
Nathan Quail Hunting web 222x250Small is a third generation New Mexican, avid outdoorsman and horseman. In addition to serving as NM Wild’s wilderness protection coordinator, Small represents District 4 on the Las Cruces City Council. He was re-elected to a second four-year term in November 2011.

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Wilderness Protection Campaigns

  • Rio Grande del Norte

    Rio Grande del Norte The Rio Grande del Norte has shaped the lives of the people who have lived and visited the area for so many generations. Read More
  • Organ Mountains

    Organ Mountains The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument protects a New Mexico legacy spanning Pre-American, New Mexican, and American history. Read More
  • Pecos Wilderness

    The Pecos Wilderness, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, encompasses 223,637 acres spanning the Carson and Santa Fe national forests in northeastern New Mexico, and is the source of the Read More
  • Gila Campaign

    Gila Campaign The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance has been busy working on many fronts in and around the Gila Wilderness, the birthplace of the wilderness protection movement and our state’s largest wilderness. Read More
  • Victories

    Victories The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance has had several major victories since the organization was founded in 1997. Read more about our conservation victories below. Read More
  • Outreach and Education

    Outreach and Education In 2013, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance launched a pilot Wilderness Education project to test a model of environmental education. We tested a three-tiered approach for environmental education that begins in Read More
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News About the Organ Mountains - Desert Peaks Campaign

  • OMDP turns 3 — is it bringing visitors, money to the area! +

    LAS CRUCES - Three years ago, President Barack Obama declared the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument  after decades of grassroots efforts

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  • NM Mayors: Wilderness designation preserves important lands +

    NM Mayors: Wilderness designation needed

    Printed in the El Paso Times and Las Cruces Sun News

    Ken Miyagishima, Nora Barraza,

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  • Diverse coalition praises effort to preserve special lands in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument (2) +

    Legislation introduced by Sens. Udall and Heinrich would protect wilderness within the national monument

    Las Cruces, New Mexico (June 10,

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  • Help Us Protect the Organ Mountains +

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  • Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Testimonial – Angel Pena +

    Testimonial – Angel Pena 

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