Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will be touring areas around the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument later this week. It’s all part of his Trump-based agenda to “review” national monuments across the west that were created with the Antiquities Act. These important landmarks contain countless historical, scientific, and recreational resources for all Americans to enjoy and study while preserving our important past.
After a marathon meeting Tuesday, Doña Ana County’s Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution in STRONG support of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. The move was directly aimed at sending a clear message to those in Washington calling for a reduction in the sizes of national monuments.
Residents in Dona Ana County will, once again, have to respond to this call of action RIGHT NOW to oppose lone Republican commissioner Ben Rawson’s call to support Trump’s “review” process. There’s also a counter resolution being presented supporting the monument AS IS and commissioners will have to vote on one or the other.
For communities around New Mexico, undoing the Antiquities Act or reducing our National Monuments is a troubling development in the ongoing effort to protect important cultural sites in areas in and around Rio Grande del Norte National Monument near Taos and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in Doña Ana County.