Thinking Outside the Box - Organ Mountains National Monument

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Thinking Outside the Box - Organ Mountains National Monument

Postby sandkid » Sun Jun 03, 2012 12:45 pm

Thinking Outside the Box - Organ Mountains National Monument Establishment Act

At one time, it would have been unheard of to think that the OHV community would be supporting the establishment of a new national monument area. But that's exactly what happened when eleven national OHV organizations, ARRA included, decided to support H.R. 4334, the Organ Mountains National Monument Establishment Act, introduced by Rep. Steve Pearce, (R. New Mexico). The Pearce legislation received our endorsement because the legislation is crafted in such a way that only those areas deserving of monument status receive that designation, some 58,000 acres. Rep. Pearce specifically included a provision that allows motorized vehicles on designated roads, thus assuring access to this significant monument area.

There are other proposals extending the monument designation upwards to 600,000 acres affecting and severely limiting multiple-use and access. We think Rep. Pearce has taken a common sense approach to preserving this special area of New Mexico. His approach merited our support and that's what we gave. Our hope is that others in the Congress will embrace the Pearce legislation and move it forward so it ends up on the President's desk for his signature. The time has come to legislatively designate the Organ Mountains as a National Monument, while at the same time ensuring that only an appropriately sized area is designated and multiple uses are not locked out of thousands of surrounding acres. If you would like to read the actual bill, please click here for the full text:

H.R. 4334 - Organ Mountain National Monument Establishment Act ... ?docID=521

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