Federal Wilderness designation expressly prohibits motorized vehicles and mechanized equipment, and has serious ramifications for all who utilize or access federal land. There are significant impacts on existing ranching operations, land stewardship and conservation, law enforcement, water management, flood control, public access, recreation, hunting, search & rescue, and fire fighting.
We support a meaningful balance between environmental protection, conservation, recreation, community development, water resource management, law enforcement and respect for private property rights.
We support permanently protecting and preserving the Organ Mountains and the other special areas in our county.
There are viable alternatives to federal Wilderness designation that can be used to protect our land, our natural resources and our open space.