Local Veterans Encouraged by President Obama's Designation of Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as a National Monument Vets Urge President to Also Protect Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Las Cruces area veterans today applauded the announcement that President Obama will protect the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands along the northern California coast in Mendocino County this week. The President will use his authority under the Antiquities Act on Tuesday and sign a proclamation to have these public lands added to the California Coastal National Monument. 

Veterans in Dona Ana County, New Mexico applauded the President’s action, and encouraged him to take similar actions in southern New Mexico. 

“I support President Obama for listening to small businesses and the local community in Mendocino County who asked him to protect the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands,” said Las Cruces veteran and local business owner Bernie Digman. “We hope the President will act similarly here in Dona Ana County to establish the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. This would ensure protection of numerous historical sites in our region, including the Deming Bombing targets. These sites tell us about our nation’s past, and it is important that we protect them so future generations can learn more about the sacrifices made by our men and women in the military who served here.” 

Mark Starr, Program Director for Vet Voice Foundation and a veteran of the Persian Gulf and Iraq wars, is hopeful that the Point Arena-Stornetta designation means that protection of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks is not far behind. 

“We encourage the President, through his leadership, to protect the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as a national monument. This area is the crossroads of New Mexico’s diverse history and culture. Protecting it will also create local jobs and benefit New Mexico’s economy.”