Those of us who have a concern for the future should hope our congressman, Steve Pearce, can be persuaded to abandon his opposition to the Organ Mountains/Desert Peaks National Monument.
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zimke has not proposed significant adjustments in the boundaries originally declared in 2014, and we should expect Congressman Pearce to join and support him.
I have great respect for the men and women who’ve made a living ranching on the dry steppes of New Mexico. They have overcome every obstacle and they embody the best of our national values. But as responsible stewards, they will understand that those of us living today should leave the land and landscape of our state as nearly untouched as we can. Another generation, perhaps in another century, can decide whether and how these fragile deserts should be exploited.
Robert B. Anderson