If you hadn't heard, there's an initiative in the Mesilla Valley/borderlands area to designate Las Cruces Robledo and Organ Mountains into a National Monument (http://www.organmountains.org/). Unlike the state-level development happening in El Paso, this is on the federal level and citizens from both New Mexico and Texas can harass, er, contact their local congress critters, as well as President Obama, to make sure this area remains protected for future generations.
On Dec 11, there will be an educational presentation detailing the history and reasons why this land is worth preserving. The abstract:
Visual Tour of the Proposed Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument
David Soules will present a visual tour on Tuesday, December 11th at 7 pm, of some of the many extraordinary natural, cultural, and historic features that would be protected within the proposed Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument in Dona Ana County (NM). Starting with satellite images of the historic Butterfield Trail, he’ll show historic and current photos of caves with prehistoric fauna, Native American petroglyphs and bedrock mortars, Billy the Kid’s hideout at Outlaw Rock, Civilian Conservation Corp work projects, World War II-era aerial targets, and, of course, stunning desert peaks and vistas. He will clarify the distinction between wilderness and monument designation, and answer questions about the current status of the proposal. The talk is part of the Southwest Environmental Center’s Tuesday Talks Series, and will take place at SWEC located at 275 N. Main (http://www.wildmesquite.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=10711&qid=293857) in downtown Las Cruces. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call (575)[masked]