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Support Presidential action to modify boundaries of Organ Mountains Desert Peaks

OleCoot

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Jul 8, 2013
Please read the attached template letter to Congressman Pierce in support of reducing the size of the OMDPNM. I have already sent one from the LFWDC and would like to have our members send this or a similar letter as well. This is our opportunity to make a difference.


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The Honorable Steven Pearce
United States Congress
New Mexico Congressional District 2
2432 Rayburn St.
Washington, D.C. 20515

Re: Support Presidential action to modify boundaries of Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument (OMDPNM).

Dear Congressman Pearce:

I am sure you are aware of the resistance many of us in Dona Ana County have actively participated in against the congressional designation of nearly 500,000 acres of federal land within the boundaries of Dona Ana County, as wilderness and/or National Conservation Area (NCA) since Senators Bingaman and Udall first introduced their legislation in 2005.

With your help, the wilderness and NCA legislation was never able to garner the necessary support to be passed by Congress. So, as a last resort, the proponents of legislation to apply a more restrictive use designation to these federal lands, convinced President Obama to use his authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to issue a proclamation designating 496,330 acres in Dona Ana County as the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument. It includes the Organ Mountains, Potrillo Mountains, Uvas Mountains and the Dona Ana Mountains. This designation envelopes all the high country in Dona Ana County which happens to be where the most productive ranching country and highly-used recreational is also located.

Additionally, located within the OMDPNM boundaries are 80 sections of State Trust Lands and more than 11,000 acres of historic private lands associated with 44 ranching operations. The more restrictive federal management of this new monument will seriously impact the management of these ranching operations and may cause some of them to go out of business. The more restrictive management will also restrict all recreational uses currently enjoyed by the public.

We know President Trump has the authority to modify the boundaries of national monuments.

We ask you, Congressman Pearce, to help the President see the utter senselessness of such a large national monument designation here in Dona Ana County and ask him to modify the boundaries of OMDPNM and release all but the Organ Mountains region back to multiple use designation.

Sincerely yours,

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