Otero Mesa

New Mexico’s Otero Mesa is one of the wildest and most threatened landscapes in the country. We're working to secure protections from mining and other threats.

Otero Mesa is a sweeping 1.2 million acre plain — the last fragment of the wild Chihuahan Desert. Potential mining operations threaten Otero Mesa and the wildlife that lives there.

Why Otero Mesa

Home to wild pronghorn antelope, the grasslands of New Mexico’s Otero Mesa rival those of the Serengeti.

Work we are doing

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.

Our partners

We wouldn't be able to accomplish our goal of protecting New Mexico’s Otero Mesa without the help of two important partners.

  • Comments from The Wilderness Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, and others submitted to the Bureau of Land Management regarding proposed rules for leasing land for wind and solar energy projects on federal lands. 

  • The 114th Congress faces a multitude of environmental challenges. The Wilderness Society is working the halls of power to make sure that America's wild places are part of the legislative agenda, and to make sure that lawmakers and staff are hearing both sides of the issues.

  • The Wilderness Society submitted official comments on the draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation plan that was proposed early in the fall of 2014. The comment period allowed for broad public participation in determining the future of balancing conservation and recreation with renewable energy development.

    The following is an excerpt from our comments submitted on February 22, 2015. The full comment document is available for download.