Here’s why Steve Pearce is really mad about Zinke’s plan to change New Mexico’s monuments
Secretary Ryan Zinke is proposing big changes to New Mexico’s national monuments, but he didn’t recommend eliminating or shrinking and Rep. Steve Pearce is not happy about it.
In a press release this morning, the congressman blasted Zinke’s recommendations, saying:
“Secretary Zinke’s recommendation fails to provide the solutions New Mexico needs. Since 2008, I have been working with the local community to establish a compromise that protects the Organ Mountains Desert Peak National Monument (OMDP) while preserving the multiple uses that public lands provide.”
Here’s the full press release from Pearce:
While the recommendation to not shrink Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks AND Rio Grande del Norte national monuments is a small victory, the proposed “management changes” in Zinke’s memos are still extremely worrisome.
So, why is Pearce so mad?
Pearce’s base in Dona Ana County is largely based on the rural ranching community who’ve fought against wilderness and the national monument initiatives for decades. As part of a coalition of non-profits working on the StepUpSteve campaign, ProgressNow New Mexico’s 501c3 Education Fund has helped highlight the direct link between Pearce’s donors and his votes in the House.
Want more about why Pearce is so mad about Zinke’s plans to not shrink our national monuments?
- Pearce says he reached hundreds of people who wanted to shrink the monument. But, more than 100,000 comments in support of our monuments were sent to Zinke when the Interior Department opened its public comment period on Zinke’s review.
- He’s a member of the ultra-conservative “Western Caucus” that opposes protecting public lands in any fashion.
- While Zinke’s plan still threatens the state’s monuments, it’s Pearce’s constant misinformation about specific features of OMDP specifically that ironically seems to have kept the footprint at its full capacity.
Show your support for our public lands and we’ll alert you the minute these recommendations become official so you can fight back!