New Mexico

Defend New Mexico's wild places.
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Defend New Mexico's wild places.
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Mason Cummings, TWS

Enchanted wildlands

It’s no wonder New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment. With some of the West’s most unique wild places and rich remnants of culture’s past, the state offers endlessly intriguing experiences. From the needle-like spires of the Organ Mountains to the largest remaining grasslands of the Chihuahuan Desert to the Ancient Puebloan ruins of Chaco Canyon, so much is worth protecting.

Yet so much in New Mexico is at risk. Oil and gas development in the four corners region is not only threatening the globally-significant cultural resources of the greater Chaco Canyon area, but it also has created the largest area of methane pollution ever measured in the U.S.  Oil and gas development is also carving up America’s Chihuahuan grasslands in the south. Extractive logging and other development threatens national forests from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the Gila.

Working to ensure public lands managers make decisions with conservation in mind will help keep these spectacular lands protected.  

State lands sold off to private interests
That includes 30% of land originally granted to New Mexico at statehood.
90% of greater Chaco Canyon region leased
Rampant oil and gas development puts New Mexico's natural and cultural treasures at risk.
800 new oil and gas wells
The amount expected per year in the Carlsbad National Park area alone.

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