Help protect Otero Mesa and Organ Mountains Desert Peaks from oil and gas drilling

You acted, and they listened.

Concerned members and residents like you last year urged the BLM's Las Cruces District office to include analysis of gas and oil leasing and an inventory of Lands With Wilderness Characteristics in its draft management plan for Sierra, Doña Ana and Otero counties.

After considering your comments, the Las Cruces BLM agreed to prepare a supplement to the plan and defer oil and gas leasing until it prepares a proper analysis.

Your input is now needed to help the BLM properly protect places like Otero Mesa and areas within the proposed Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, which likely have the most wilderness characteristics.

Please ask the BLM to protect the land and wildlife in special places like Otero Mesa and the proposed Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks monument:

In addition to written comments, the BLM is accepting public input and will explain its supplement at three important meetings in your area:

April 24: Truth or Consequences Civic Center, 400 W. 4th St.

April 29: Alamogordo, Willie Estrada civic Center, 800 E. 1st St.

April 30: Las Cruces Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd.

Please send a comment by clicking this link: and attend a meeting near you to show that New Mexicans care about our wild places.

Meetings start at 6 p.m., and Rio Grande Chapter representatives will be there and be happy to answer questions and help with comments.