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Victory: Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks protected as national monument

President Obama permanently protected the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks outside Las Cruces by designating them a national monument. Protecting nearly a half million acres, this is the largest monument the Obama administration has declared thus far. Now, mountain lions, pronghorn antelope and peregrine falcon will have protected habitat, while New Mexicans will have beautiful places for hiking and other recreational adventures long into the future.

News Release | Environment New Mexico

Community Sends Clear Message to Sec. Jewell: Protect Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks

At a public meeting today held by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, groups announced the collection of more than 14,000 public comments supporting permanent protection of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks area.  Business owners, local elected officials and residents joined conservation groups in urging Secretary Jewell and the Obama administration to safeguard the steep mountain cliffs and wildlife that are integral to the area's character, economy and quality of life.

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News Release | Environment New Mexico

Congressional Budget Helps New Mexico’s Special Places, Restores Parks Funding

ALBUQUERQUE – This week, U.S. House and Senate appropriators set funding levels for agencies like the National Park Service and finalized a comprehensive budget agreement. 

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News Release | Environment New Mexico

New Mexico's National Parks and Monuments Are Underfunded, Under Threat

ALBUQUERQUE – As Congress approaches another deadline on the federal budget, a new Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center analysis, entitled Death by a Thousand Cuts, exposes the challenges facing New Mexico’s national parks as a result of mounting funding cuts to the National Park Service.

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Report | Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center

Death by a Thousand Cuts

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News Release | Environment New Mexico

Solar Energy Rule Change Is Bright News For New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – On Dec. 18, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) reversed a decision that would have cut in half the amount of solar energy utilities were required to produce. After significant outcry from the public, the PRC changed course and ruled to grant one renewable energy certificate for one kilowatt-hour of solar energy. The resulting decision will continue to stimulate the production of solar energy in New Mexico. 

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