Otero Mesa: Work We Are Doing

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New Mexico’s Otero Mesa is one of the wildest places in the country and also one of the most threatened.

At Wilderness, we’re working to protect this fragile, wild landscape from drilling and mining. Opening Otero Mesa to development would destroy the unique natural and cultural aspects of this special place.

One of the ways we’re working to protect Otero Mesa is by raising awareness about how important it is as a natural landmark, as wildlife habitat and as part of New Mexico's wild heritage. By raising awareness, we can help urge decision makers to preserve Otero Mesa's wildlife, natural landmarks and cultural artifacts.

Through our partnerships and campaigns, we’re encouraging decision makers to turn Otero Mesa into a National Monument — a monument designation will protect Otero Mesa’s vast natural and cultural resources.