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One of the most dangerous attacks on New Mexico’s wilderness and cultural legacy is currently underway. Bills working their way through the United States Congress right now could reverse regulations that have protected our treasured national landmarks for more than a century.
By voting for an amendment that would debunk the president’s authority on designating sites as monuments, New Mexico’s own Rep. Steve Pearce has positioned himself on the wrong side of a congressional battlefield with millions of acres of our public lands at stake.
Wilderness Study Areas, Forest Service Roadless Areas, the Antiquities Act and the Land and Water Conservation Fund are all threatened. These ecologically-rich lands serve to inspire, amaze, and educate and are havens for abundant wildlife.
Bandelier National Monument is just one of many natural treasures designated under the Antiquities Act.
In the American spirit of conservation, laws like the Antiquities Act were formed to prevent the destruction of historic, prehistoric, and natural sites, preserving a rich cultural inheritance for generations to come.
Additionally, Bandelier has a significant impact on the economy of Los Alamos and New Mexico. Bandelier’s more than 200,000 annual visitors bring approximately $9.4 million into the local economy per year, according to the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce.
The protection of these important sites is essential to thousands of jobs in New Mexico. As a New Mexican, these lands are an endless source of historic worth and ride.
Pearce needs a wake-up call right now from all of us who prize enduring values over short-sighted greed.