Rio Grande River Gorge
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But two of New Mexico's unspoiled wild treasures are unprotected. They are Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks.
New Mexico's local communities want President Obama to permanently protect Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as national monuments and they need your help.
Federal legislation to protect these lands was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Jeff Bingaman. However the 112th Congress refused to move on stalled conservation bills. These bills expired at the end of 2012, but President Obama can use the Antiquities Act to ensure these spectacular lands remain wild at any point.
The wildlands at stake
Rio Grande del Norte includes the Rio Grande Gorge with the Rio Grande coursing at its depths. It is also the site of the forested Ute Mountain, a reminder of New Mexico’s volcanic past. These gems are enjoyed by abundant wildlife and cherished by the many who recreate on these wild lands.
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks are named for their granite formations, which resemble organ pipes. Ancient petroglyphs adorn canyon walls. Diverse animals and plants thrive off of its desert springs, but are increasingly at risk from the negative impacts of nearby urban development.
New Mexico wants your help
New Mexico's communities have come together to permanently protect these lands. Sportsmen, ranchers, Hispanic community leaders, local government officials and small business owners all recognize that protecting these public lands is critical to their local economies.
Want to help lands outside of New Mexico?
This holiday season, consider also helping us give the gift of forever to deserving landscapes like these. Your support helps us keep wilderness protected for local economies now and for generations in the future