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.

  • Testimony delivered by The Wilderness Society's Chase Huntley to the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

  • A letter to Members of the House of Representatives urging them to oppose HR 4899, a bill that would undermine important wildland protections and force drilling in pristine areas of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

  • Every year, a coalition of conservation and environmental groups produce a report to help Congress as it debates the federal budget for the year. This report, has typically been to referred to as the "Green Budget." This year, it is titled "Green Investments," and it illustrates the importance of reinvesting in conservation and natural resources programs for Fiscal Year 2015 by looking at some of the effects of recent budget cuts.