LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS

 
 


The Organ Mountains Desert Peaks Wilderness Bill - S.1689
NOW RENAMED THE "ORGAN MOUNTAINS - DONA ANA COUNTY CONSERVATION AND PROTECTION ACT"

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For a concise history of the issues of the efforts to impose Wilderness designation in Dona Ana County,
read this article by Stephen L. Wilmeth:  The Battle of Dona Ana County  (NEW 11/26/12)

A Bit Of History:

In 2009, Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) have introduced federal Wilderness legislation for Dona Ana County, New Mexico.  Community concern caused the Senators to hold a field hearing in Las Cruces on February 15, 2010.  In June, 2010, a revised version of the legislation was put forward by Senator Bingaman, claiming to address concerns raised by the community about border security.  This legislation imposes federal Wilderness designation, the most restrictive of all federal land management designations, on 241,400 acres of lands in Dona Ana County, along with 99,150 acres of National Conservation Area (NCA) designation. 

This area is over 532 square miles of land, nearly 14% of Dona Ana County, and a little over half the size of the state of Rhode Island.  Only seven percent of Dona Ana County is held privately. 

Senator Bingaman and Udall's
ORGAN MOUNTAINS - DESERT PEAKS WILDERNESS ACT (S.1689)
did NOT become law in the 2010 congress,
due to community outcry and public response against this legislation. 

In May 2011 Senators Bingaman and Udall reintroduced this legislation as S.1024. 

It is interesting to note that they have chosen to remove
the word "Wilderness" from the title of S.1024. 

The new title is the
Organ Mountains - Dona Ana County Conservation and Protection Act,
although the content of the legislation remains virtually the same as S.1689.

THE DAMAGE
THIS LEGISLATION
WILL INFLICT
ON DONA ANA COUNTY
REMAINS THE SAME


 

   
 
 
WASHINGTON WATCH

Click the "AGAINST" icon on the left to
Vote AGAINST S.1024

"The Organ Mountains - Dona Ana County
Conservation and Protection Act"

(Senators Bingaman and Udall removed the word Wilderness from the title, but this legislation is the same basic Wilderness legislation from S.1689 that failed in 2010.)

Read the comments on S.1024
 

 


93% Voted AGAINST S.1689 on Washington Watch

 
Read the comments on S.1689
Read the
Detailed Summary of S.1689
 

Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) have introduced federal Wilderness legislation for Dona Ana County, New Mexico - S.1689, the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks Wilderness Act.  This legislation imposes federal Wilderness designation, the most restrictive of all federal land management designations, on 241,400 acres of lands in Dona Ana County, along with 99,150 acres of National Conservation Area (NCA) designation. 

This area is over 532 square miles of land, nearly 14% of Dona Ana County, and a little over half the size of the state of Rhode Island.

SPECIAL EDITION ON BINGAMAN'S WILDERNESS BILL (The Westerner)

Letters Against S.1024

National Assoc. of Former Border Patrol Officers Letter to Senator Bingaman on S.1024

Letter from Congressman Steve Pearce to Sec. of Interior Ken Salazar on S.1024
National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers
Dona Ana County Sheriff Todd Garrison
Luna County Sheriff Raymond Cobos
Hidalgo Country Sheriff Saturnino Madero
Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce
Building Industry Association of Southern New Mexico
Dona Ana Soil & Water Conservation District
NMSU Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center
Las Cruces TEA Party Letter, and Enclosure
People for Preserving Our Western Heritage
Mesilla Valley Sportsmen's Alliance
Rio Grande Soaring Association
Luna County
Village of Hatch

"The presence of any wilderness on the Mexican border is a danger to the security of the United States"

Jim Switzer, National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers

WESTERN HERITAGE ALLIANCE OPPOSES THIS LEGISLATION. 

THIS LEGISLATION IS NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STATE OR OUR COUNTY.

National Assoc. of Former Border Patrol Officers Letter to Senator Bingaman on S.1024

A Gift to the Drug Cartels: Will New Mexico Become the New Arizona?  (CIS Report, October 2010)

National association of former border patrol officers Proposal for Comprehensive Immigration and Enforcement Report, october 3, 2010  (Specifically referring to the issue of wilderness, see Step 9, Other Matters (p.20) and Environmental Legislation (p.21)
 

As of July, 2010, more than 28,000 people have been killed in drug related violence since 2006.  We do not want create a smuggling corridor in our county that will invite this type of criminal violence to move in to our community.  Attacks on the Mexican government and civilians, including journalists, are escalating.

CLICK HERE for articles, news, maps and more information on S.1689 - the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks Wilderness Act.

   
 


GET MORE INFORMATION

Note:  S.1024 is a re-introduced version of S.1689

S.1689 FAQ / Fact Sheet
 
Abbreviated Summary of S.1689 Legislation
 

 

 

 


ALTERNATIVES TO PROTECT OUR OPEN SPACE

There are viable alternatives that will PROTECT THE LANDS FROM DEVELOPMENT, while still addressing all the needs of our community and our country.

Bill Mattiace: Protect Our Two Symbols, Now  (08/17/10)

Rangeland Preservation Areas - learn more about this proposed legislative alternative to federal Wilderness areas.