Success: President Obama Makes Mountain Range a National Monument

The Organ Mountains

Target: President Barack Obama

Goal: Celebrate the Organ Mountains being turned into a national monument

Recently, Force Change wrote a petition urging President Barack Obama to make the Organ Mountains in New Mexico a national monument. Half of the half a million acres of mountain will be protected from mining operations, and both the wildlife and humans can continue to enjoy its spectacular view.

In his recent State of the Union Address, the president promised to use his executive power to make more national  monuments. He believes that our environment should be there for future generations to enjoy, prompting citizens of New Mexico to beg the president to make their precious Organ Mountains a national monument.

The mountain range is the second national monument the president has made in 2014, and it is also the largest. Half of the monument is closed off to the public, and mining efforts are prohibited. The Organ Mountains will also be maintained by the Federal Bureau of Land Management, since the organization already manages a good portion of the land.

Ever since President Roosevelt established Devils Tower as a national monument, other presidents have followed in his wake. It is a way to safeguard the country’s landmarks, whether they are human-made or natural.

The Organ Mountains is home to various native wildlife and plant species, and some of them are endangered. Two endangered plant species of cacti are endangered, and the mountains are home to bald eagles, and the pronghorn antelope. It also boasts quite a bit of human history, where Native Americans called this place home. Geronimo and Billy the Kid even used these organ shaped mountains as hideouts.

It would be a shame if this magnificent place was destroyed due to urban developments. Sign this petition and thank the president for acting quickly on this issue.


Dear President Barack Obama,

Not too long ago, citizens of New Mexico were urging you to make the Organ Mountains into a national monument. These citizens were concerned that this iconic landmark would be destroyed by mining efforts and urban development. Despite being an inhospitable place, various types of wildlife call this place home. Native Americans even called this place home.

I am writing to thank you for making this mountain a national monument, and I am sure the citizens of New Mexico feel the same. With issues like fracking and climate change affecting the country and the world, deeming this a national monument will bolster concerns about our environment. Please continue protecting our precious land.


[Your Name Here]

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