Otero Mesa—A Treasure at Risk

December 12, 2017

Pronghorn on Otero Mesa. Photo Joe Adair.

Help us Protect New Mexico’s Otero Mesa

Otero Mesa is one of the Southwest’s great natural treasures. Located in southern Otero County, on the Texas border, this wild and stunningly beautiful landscape is one of the largest desert grasslands remaining in North America, home to a wide array of wildlife such as pronghorn, prairie dogs, and aplomado falcons. And it is unprotected.

Next year, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will unveil its plan for Otero Mesa. If the BLM decides to open Otero Mesa up for oil and gas development, as it tried to do more than a decade ago, this spectacular landscape will be destroyed. The grassland will be carved up by roads, well pads and pipelines. The sounds of the wind and birds will be drowned out by the rumble of trucks and equipment. Wildlife will disappear. The ecosystem will be changed forever.

We’re not going to let that happen. With your help, we will make sure Otero Mesa is protected.

Watch this video to see for yourself what is at stake. Then click to make a contribution of $10, $25 or whatever you can afford to our Otero Mesa campaign. Thank you!

New Study Shows Extinction Crisis Worse Than Thought

A new report by Paul Ehrlich and others shows that the loss of biological diversity worldwide—the “sixth extinction” crisis–is happening faster than commonly believed. The authors found extremely high rates of population declines and range shrinkages for the thousands of vertebrate species they analyzed, a process they deemed “biological annihilation.” Read the article here. (P.S. This is why it is so important to save intact places like Otero Mesa!)

SWEC, Partners Organize Border Events in Albuquerque

SWEC and our coalition partners went on the road recently to raise awareness of the border wall and its devastating impacts on wildlife, and to mobilize opposition to border militarization. Executive Director Kevin Bixby was part of a panel that included representatives from NM CAFe, the ACLU, and a Dreamer. You can watch the presentation on Facebook here. SWEC also teamed up with our partners to deliver nearly 4000 petition signatures to U.S. Senators Udall and Heinrich, urging them to be champions for our border communities and wildlife by rejecting a budget with funding for more “boots, beds, wall.” Learn more here.

Not a member? Please join us! We speak for wildlife and wild places. We work to protect and restore vital habitats, like Otero Mesa, and endangered species, like the Mexican Gray Wolf. We’ve had more than 20 years of success and we cannot do it without our members. So please join us today by making a secure online donation! Call 575-522-5552 or contact info@wildmesquite.org for more info.

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