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The Organ Mountains Wilderness of southern New Mexico is a 19,916-acre landscape established in 2019 and managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Working with Friends of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, The Wilderness Land Trust is working to secure a property adjacent to the wilderness and scenic entrance to Achenbach Canyon. Acquiring this land would protect access to the popular Achenbach Canyon trail, which provides a unique place to observe desert wildlife, plant habitat and stunning scenery.
The Trust is raising $75,000 to purchase and protect this special landscape, and the access it provides to Achenbach Canyon. The local community has spent years protecting the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument and now needs help finishing the job to ensure access for generations to come.
About Organ Mountains Wilderness – Desert Peaks National Monument
The Organ Mountains Wilderness provides a stunning backdrop to the Mesilla Valley and New Mexico’s second largest city: Las Cruces. These mountains offer recreation, important wildlife habitat and watershed protection. The striking granite crags and spires of the Organ Mountains range from 4,600 to just over 9,000 feet in elevation, and are so named because of the steep, towering spires that resemble the pipes of an organ.
This picturesque area of rocky peaks, narrow canyons and open woodlands range from Chihuahuan Desert habitat to ponderosa pine in the highest elevations. This special landscape provides opportunities for photography, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, camping and wildlife viewing.
Please help The Wilderness Land Trust acquire the Achenbach Canyon trail property to protect public access to the trail head in the Organ Mountains Wilderness.
About The Wilderness Land Trust
The Wilderness Land Trust has a national reputation for tenacity, fairness and professionalism. Since its founding in 1992, the Trust has successfully protected 493 parcels in 108 wilderness areas across nine western states totaling nearly 53,000 acres. The completion of these projects removed a direct threat to the surrounding wildlands, including residential and resort development, road construction, mining and logging.
Designated wilderness protects vital habitat for threatened and endangered flora and fauna. Every acre we acquire and transfer is part of a collective effort to remove the threat of private development and make our treasured wilderness areas whole. Each project is an opportunity to fulfill our vision for a complete, secure and accessible wilderness ecosystem across the American west.
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