May 19, 2014
The Las Cruces Sun-News reportsPresident Obama is planning to sign a proclamation Wednesday establishing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, attributing the information to a White House official.
The Sunb-News said, “The proclamation is expected follow a bill introduced last December by U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, Both D-NM, in covering about 450,000 acres in southern New Mexico. About half of that land — approximately 350 square miles — likely will be designated a wilderness area, the highest level of protection that can be imposed by Congress.”
The area would include the Organ Mountains; the Robledo Mountains northwest of Las Cruces, the Doña Ana Mountains north of Las Cruces; the Potrillo Mountains in the southwestern part of the county; and the Sierra de Las Uvas Mountains in the Hatch region.