New Mexico Wilderness Campaigns

New Mexico has 13,377,963 acres of BLM lands and 9,227,380 acres of National Forests. The last wilderness designated in New Mexico was in the Omnibus Law signed by President Obama in March 2009, the Sabinoso Wilderness.


Doña Ana County

A campaign that has gained publicly voiced support from every community in Doña Ana County to protect 330,000 acres as wilderness and another 100,000 as a National Conservation Area in New Mexico's Organ Mountains. The mountains are home to a variety of grasses, mixed desert shrubs, piñon-juniper woodland, mixed mountain shrubs, and ponderosa pines. One of the steepest mountain ranges in the West, the Organ Mountains encompass extremely rugged terrain with steep-sided crevices, canyons, and spires.

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Ute Mountain

A campaign to designate as a national conservation area more than a quarter million acres of wild lands in New Mexico's Ute Mountain range and Rio Grande Gorge, protecting roadless portions of the Ute and San Antonio Mountains as wilderness. A part of the Rio Grande Migratory Flyway, one of the world's great migratory routes, the area—home to eagles, falcons, and hawks—is traversed by ospreys, hummingbirds, herons, avocets, merlins, and willits. At the edge of the gorge, fast herds of pronghorn and elk find winter forage and calve and fawn in late spring.

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