President Obama has signed a proclamation designating almost 500,000 acres of the Potrillo Mountains, Sierra de las Uvas, Robledos Mountains and the surrounding desert in southern, New Mexico as the nation's newest monument -- Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks.
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks is the crown jewel of the Southern Rockies and is one of the most deserving iconic places in America to receive this designation. The monument is filled with majestic mountains, big horn sheep, pronghorn antelope, rare plant species, petroglyph-lined canyons, the Apollo Mission training sites and historical events in western history that include people like Billy the Kid and Geronimo.
Iconic monument designations don't happen every day. It's important the president knows that when he protects America's special places we have his back.
Thank President Obama for designating Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as our nation's newest monument.