The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument is Under Threat!
60 Day Public Comment Period Ends July 10!
• A recent Executive Order, signed by President Trump, tasks Interior Secretary Zinke to review all National Monuments over 100,000 acres, established since 1996. The Rio Grande del Norte is one of the Monuments currently under review.
• The establishment of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument was the culmination of years of public outreach and community participation, and overwhelming support from the Taos community, including ranchers and sportsmen, land grant heirs and acequia associations, local outfitters and guides, as well as local and tribal governments.
• The Department of Interior has opened a 60 Day Public Comment Period, ending on July 10, for people to voice their concerns about this unprecedented National Monument Review.
• Show your support for the Rio Grande del Norte and let your voce be heard! Tell Secretary Zinke that you do not want the Rio Grande del Norte changed or modified in any way!
On March 25th, President Obama designated the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument!
Now a part of our National Conservation Lands, the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument was established as a result of input from the local community, sportsmen, ranchers, small business owners and people across northern New Mexico.
The national monument will protect the heritage of our region’s diverse Hispanic and Native American communities, protect wildlife habitat prized by hunters and anglers and boost economic vitality in Northern New Mexico.
“This American Land” recently aired a segment highlighting Rio Grande del Norte and the people working to protect this special place.
The Rio Grande del Norte is at the heart of one of the oldest continually habituated landscapes on the continent. This is an area that is not only stunning, it also has played a role in shaping the cultures for centuries and is an integral part of our community – and economy – today.
If these lands and waters were harmed, our community would be devastated. New Mexico would be severely impacted—economically, environmentally, spiritually. This is why so many of us are speaking out to protect these lands.