Organ Mountains as seen from the east.

Nearly 500,000 acres of beautiful New Mexico wild land are now protected with the declaration of the new Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. The work in managing the monument only begins once the land is designated. The agency will likely need volunteers in managing the area – let us know in the comments section if you’d like to go on a service project there next year!

If you want to be a part of setting the direction for a recently declared New Mexico National Monument, you don’t have to wait for things to get rolling in the Organ Mountains. You can join WV for the service project at the Rio Grande del Norte NM this summer! Designated in March of last year, the RGDN is more than 240,000 acres in Taos County. Our project will be on the north side of Ute Mountain, helping to site and plan a single well-managed trail. Come join us and make an impact – more info on our website.

WV’s 2014 RGDN project will be on Ute Mountain, seen behind the Rio Grande gorge in the photo above.