Local economic study shows support for Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

Organ Mountains Wilderness Study Area

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A new economic study has shown that designating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks area as a National Monument will have a “significant positive effect” on the local economy.

The study, commissioned by the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce, concluded that this protection will generate $7.4 million in economic activity annually, create 88 new jobs, and add $562,000 per year in state and local tax revenues.

"The amount of revenue that will be generated as a result of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks gaining national monument protection will help businesses in Las Cruces and the surrounding areas grow in ways that wouldn’t be possible without monument designation,” said Carrie Hamblen, Executive Director of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce.

Local support like this is crucial for protecting lands. This is why The Wilderness Society works not only with politicians but with local groups and businesses to ensure that special places like Organ Mountains are protected for the benefit of all generations.

You can read the study below or download it here.