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Stand with Rio Grande del Norte

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In April, President Trump instructed the Department of Interior to review Rio Grande del Norte’s national monument designation. On Aug. 24th, according to a leaked copy of his report, Secretary Zinke recommended erasing protections: allowing mining and drilling in currently protected areas and leaving open the possibility of shrinking the monument.

 

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State: New Mexico
Established: March 25, 2013

In far northern New Mexico, the Río Grande Wild and Scenic River flows through a deep gorge at the edge of the stark and sweeping expanse of the Taos Plateau.
Presidential Proclamation

Bob Wick, BLM via Flickr/CC BY 2.0

Bob Wick, BLM via Flickr/CC BY 2.0

What is Rio Grande del Norte Known for?

"This extraordinary landscape of extreme beauty and daunting harshness is known as the Río Grande del Norte, and its extraordinary array of scientific and historic resources offer opportunities to develop our understanding of the forces that shaped northern New Mexico, including the diverse ecological systems and human cultures that remain present today." (Proclamation)


Why is Rio Grande del Norte Threatened?

  • Fracking: Nearby Mora County was the first U.S. county to ban fracking. The local community was concerned about fracking compromising water quality and quantity. It’s important for Rio Grande del Norte to remain free of fracking to protect the monument lands and water.
  • Energy development: A proposed high-capacity transmission line, if built, would disturb the habitat and wilderness value of this remote landscape
Credit Kevin Dooley via Flickr, CC 2.0

Credit Kevin Dooley via Flickr, CC 2.0


 
Senator Tom Udall, Official Portrait

Senator Tom Udall, Official Portrait

Senator Martin Heinrich, Official Portrait

Senator Martin Heinrich, Official Portrait

What can we do?

We can challenge President Trump and Secretary Zinke’s unprecedented recommendation to erase protections for Rio Grande del Norte. The legal case against The President is strong -- the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 affirmed that only Congress has the authority to modify national monuments. But in addition to lawsuits we need the Senators from New Mexico to do all they can to keep the existing protections in place.

Sign the petition to Senator Tom Udall and Senator Martin Heinrich and ask them to stand up for Rio Grande del Norte which belongs to all Americans.

Both Senator Udall and Senator Heinrich support full protections for Rio Grande del Norte. We want to make sure they know we agree with them and challenge them to do even more to preserve this amazing place.

 
 

 

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