The rugged, iconic Organ Mountain range was declared National Conservation Lands by President Obama in 2014but faces elimination under the Trump administration. Despite this changing political landscape, the mountains are deeply embedded in the region’s collective psyche, and are rich in scientific, historic, and prehistoric resources.
Las Cruces is recognized as a national model for creating partnerships toward economic growth, environmental stewardship, and increasing the use of Monument lands by diverse groups. The region’s largely Hispanic population has a low rate of participation in wilderness areas; creative programs are essential to connecting locals with these natural treasures.
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