Yesterday, the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands announced that a hearing on HR 4334, the Organ Mountains National Monument Establishment Act, sponsored by Congressman Steve Pearce, will be held on June 28th at 10 AM.
"Next Thursday's Subcommittee hearing will be a great opportunity to make the case that a national monument established through the legislative process in the Organ Mountains is the most desirable outcome for Dona Ana County," Pearce said. "Local and national groups have endorsed this legislation, which strikes the right balance between conservation and economic growth. HR 4334 was drafted with significant public input from local ranchers, business owners, conservationists, sportsmen and other activists. It is the right solution to protect this natural treasure of Southern New Mexico."
On March 29, 2012, Congressman Pearce introduced HR 4334, which permanently protects the 58,000 acre Organ/Franklin Mountains Area of Critical Environmental Concern by turning it into a national monument. The bill protect existing water rights, ensures motorized vehicle access on existing roads, permanently withdraws the land from mineral exploration, and ensures that new roads will not be constructed without the consent of the Interior Secretary.