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Las Cruces Sun-News report

LAS CRUCES — The DoñaAna County Board of Commissioners joined the list Tuesday of local governments that have endorsed a proposal to establish the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

The commission unanimously approved a resolution on Tuesday asking President Obama to designate the monument.

“This has been a 30-year effort to gain permanent protections for our special natural areas,” said Commissioner Billy Garrett, who introduced the resolution. “The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument brings history, culture, and land together in a way that our community is very excited about.”

Dozens of supporters who spoke at Tuesday’s commission meeting applauded the commission’s support.

“I believe the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument will encourage individuals, families, and businesses to locate in DoñaAna County,” said Renee Frank, a real estate agent and president of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce. “The economic studies show clearly that communities benefit with a national monument designation, and I am so proud of our county commission.”

Fernando Clemente, a Las Cruces sportsman and small business owner, said, “We’ve got to look at the big picture, and protecting habitat through the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument will protect wildlife that calls those areas home. This helps wildlife, sportsmen, and the businesses that depend on them.”

The city of Las Cruces and town of Mesilla have also adopted similar resolutions.