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Two national monuments are under attack from the Trump administration in New Mexico.  The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, designated in 2013, and the Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument, designated in 2014, preserve significant prehistoric, historic, geologic, and biologic resources and generate incredible economic benefits for the local communities.

Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall along with Congressman Ben Ray Luján and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham have been tireless advocates for protecting our public lands, including both national monuments in New Mexico.  They sent Secretary Zinke a letter urging him to keep these monument designations intact. Senators Heinrich and Udall also joined LCV and other pro-monuments advocates for a press conference on July 11th to highlight the 2.7 million public comments in support of keeping existing protections in place for our national monuments.

Local governments near the monuments and editorial boards across the state are expressing their support for keeping protections for these monuments, as well.  Doña Ana County, Taos County, Las Cruces, Mesilla, Anthony, Town of Taos, and more have all passed resolutions in support of these national monuments. The Albuquerque Journal called on Secretary Zinke to “Leave New Mexico’s new monuments fully intact.” The Las Cruses Sun-News want him to listen to local communities, saying that if he does, “he will conclude that the monument should remain as it is.”

Find out more about these cultural treasures from Conservation Voters New Mexico.

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