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Victories

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance has had several major victories since the organization was founded in 1997. Read more about our conservation victories below.

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks - 2014

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks - 2014

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks - 2014

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance has been leading conservation efforts in Doña Ana County since 2004, when we opened our Las Cruces field office. On May 21, 2014, after a decade of work, President Barack Obama designated the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument by use of the Antiquities Act. This move by the president safeguards nearly 500,000 acres of culturally, historically and biologically rich land in Doña Ana County. We continue to work for wilderness areas within the new national monument.
Read more about our campaign here.
Read more about our victory here.

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument - 2013

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument - 2013

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument - 2013

The Rio Grande del Norte has shaped the lives of the people who have lived and visited the area for so many generations. Since 2007, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance has been working on permanent protection of Rio Grande del Norte. Rio Grande del Norte was designated as a national monument Monday, March 25, 2013, by President Obama. NM Wild is now pushing for wilderness designation within the national monument.

Read about our campaign here.
Read more about our victory here.

Sabinoso Wilderness - 2009

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Sabinoso Wilderness - 2009

Rising 1,110 feet from the surrounding plains, the Sabinoso unit sits upon the Canadian Escarpment, which is composed mostly of the Jurassic Morrison Formation and Triassic Chinle Shale. Sabinoso became Wilderness on March 24, 2009, when President Obama signed into law the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009. The area has fantastic ecological, scenic, recreational and cultural values.

Read about our victory here.

Ojito Wilderness - 2005

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Ojito Wilderness—2005

The designation of Ojito Wilderness in 2005 was one of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance’s first conservation victories. In the mid-90s, NM Wild formed and established itself as the statewide grassroots voice for wildlands. In the mid-2000s, the organization started pushing for Ojito Wilderness. Efforts included collaboration with the Zia tribe, New Mexico Gov. Bruce King and other statewide elected officials. After passing through both the U.S. House of Representatives (unanimously) and U.S. Senate, President George W. Bush signed the Ojito Wilderness Act into law on Wednesday, October 26, 2005.
Read about our victory here.

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