06.6.13

Pilot Targets Monument Designation for Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks

Our National Conservation Lands tell the story of our nation. From the rivers first charted by Lewis and Clark to ancient Native American settlements, these lands are living links to the past. While much of the history preserved in National Conservation Lands is from the distant past, a strong case can be made to protect some sites that played a critical role in America’s more recent past. That’s exactly what is happening in southern New Mexico with a proposal to make the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks a new National Monument.

In addition to the route of the Butterfield Stagecoach and many important petroglyphs and Native American cultural sites, the Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks National Monument proposal would also safeguard unique features developed to train pilots during World War II.

This week the Las Cruces Sun News wrote a story about a World War II pilot’s experience training in southern New Mexico and why he believes it’s important to preserve these areas for future generations to learn about this chapter of American history.