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Opinion: Economic Boon in Otero Mesa Monument Designation

Las Cruces Sun-News December 20, 2010 Their View: Otero Mesa and the role of a potential national monument By Ben Alexander Debate over a possible new national monument covering the Otero Mesa has erupted again. Given the importance of this issue, now is the time to discuss the economics of how a monument could impact southern New Mexico and whether...

Opinion: Saving Otero Mesa is Important to All

November 12, 2010 by Karyn Stockdale, Vice President and Executive Director, Audubon New Mexico From the Santa Fe New Mexican Recently, Gov. Bill Richardson sent a letter to President Barack Obama calling for a national-monument declaration for Otero Mesa. The letter follows on a groundswell of support from local communities to protect this...

Governor Urges President to Designate National Monument

Letter to Obama Builds on Public Support For Otero Mesa Protection Alamogordo, NM (November 5, 2010)— In a letter to President Barack Obama, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson called for a National Monument declaration for Otero Mesa, building on growing grassroots support for further protection of this valuable region. The letter builds on continued dialogue in the local community...

KRWG/TV Interview: Otero Mesa National Monument

[media id=4] August 10, 2010 KRWG TV/FM Las Cruces-El Paso interviewed New Mexico Wilderness Alliance  Associate Director Nathan Newcomer last month regarding protection of Otero Mesa as a National Monument. The video segment provides a glimpse at Otero Mesa’s natural beauty and an overview of issues at stake in saving New Mexico’s last great Chihuahuan grassland....

Article: Finding the Heartbeat of America’s Next National Monument

"I used to think that there was something magical about Otero Mesa, but now I know better. Otero Mesa is just simply—wild. This land of rolling hills, undulating black grama grass, and endless sky embodies the intoxicating spirit of freedom. It is a land that speaks to the soul, and it is a land that deserves to be permanently...


OTERO MESA VETERAN'S DAY WEEKEND EXCURSION Sponsored by the NEW MEXICO WILDERNESS ALLIANCE November 12—14. 2010 OVERNIGHT: Friday and Saturday night at the base of Alamo Mountain—You will need to provide your Friday night meal, and Saturday lunch. Breakfast will consist of fruit, granola, and yogurt. SATURDAY DAY EXCURSION: For those not wanting to camp...

This Saturday: Seize the Moment for Otero Mesa

  We have been fighting for years to protect New Mexico’s greatest wild places. Now is a critical moment– our government is primed to listen. Will you help us speak out? Please join us this Saturday at the Pyramid Marriott for a Public Listening Session on the President’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. This is a...

Write a Letter to Secretary of the Interior Salazar

Now is the ideal time to encourage Secretary of the Department of the Interior Ken Salazar to pursue National Monument designation for Otero Mesa! In the spirit of President Obama's April memorandum, America's Great Outdoors Initiative, our government is being encouraged to promote community-based conservation efforts, and to listen to and learn from local voices. Make your voice heard! Let...

Otero County Commission Calls for Public Input on Otero Mesa Designation

Otero County Commission Calls for Public Input on Otero Mesa Designation On Thursday, May 20th, the Otero County Commission issued a county ordinance opposing designation of Otero Mesa as a National Monument without consent and input from local communities. This is progress. The County Commission's action demonstrates their openness to public dialogue surrounding a designation for Otero Mesa, and a commitment to ensure local...

Greens win latest Otero Mesa legal ruling

From New Mexico Business Weekly Environmentalists have won the latest legal skirmish against the oil and gas industry in the battle over Otero Mesa. The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals invalidated the Bureau of Land Management’s oil and gas drilling plan for Otero Mesa. The court ruled that the BLM’s original Resource Management Plan Amendment, which opened...

Otero Mesa victory could be far-reaching

From The New Mexican 4/29/2009 - 4/30/09 To embattled environmentalists and their lawyers, and for politicians taking their side, it came as a ray of sunshine. As for the endangered and threatened animals on whose behalf they've been fighting, ni hablar. On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for New Mexico's neck of the woods ruled that...

US appeals court sides with NM in Otero Mesa fight

From the Associated Press By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN 4-29-09 The Bureau of Land Management failed to comply with federal law in developing a plan for managing oil and natural gas development on southern New Mexico's Otero Mesa, an appeals court has ruled. A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver said in a...

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