Over 97,000 individual comments were submitted to Trump’s secretary of the interior in support of current the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument designation, organizers announced on Monday as the comment period closed.
ProgressNow New Mexico activists added more than 1,340 in the final weeks of the comment period. PNNM worked with conservation groups around the state to help spread the word and add your story to those comments as well.
PNNM also live-streamed the event from the Monument entrance on Monday:
Rumors of Secretary Zinke coming to visit New Mexico’s national monuments have been swirling since an exchange last month between he and Senator Martin Heinrich in a hearing. Our hope is that with the level of support for national monuments from around the state and a first-hand account will make an impact that even Zinke can’t ignore.
The other elephant in the room is Monday’s announcement that Congressman Steve Pearce will be leaving behind his congressional seat in 2018 to run for Governor of New Mexico. Read here about the 99+ things we’ve called him out on in the past! Of course one of the biggest threats to our state has been Pearce’s continued attempts to dismantle our protected public lands at the federal level.
We know that Pearce is the wrong person to lead our state forward from his record. But it’s going to be a long road until November 2018 and we’re going to have to keep watching him both in DC and here in the state. And we need your help.
Zinke’s Interior Department has not set a schedule to complete review of the comments or issue it’s recommendations, but action is expected soon.
And, of course, Zinke is expected to appear in New Mexico sometime soon. We’re watching and organizing to keep this issue out front.
More than 1,340 ProgressNow activists joined this fight in the final weeks and we’re laying the groundwork for the next fight. Will you join us?