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How can I have my say about the future of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument?

In April, President Donald Trump ordered the U.S. Department of the Interior to review all the national monument designations made by other presidents over the last 20 years that involve 100,000 acres or more.

In April, President Donald Trump ordered the U.S. Department of the Interior to review all the national monument designations made by other presidents over the last 20 years that involve 100,000 acres or more.

The review could mean that President Barack Obama's decision to create the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument could be rescinded, or the monument could be reduced in size.

The Republican who represents the national monument in Congress, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, believes only the Organ Mountains should get national monument protection, not the four other Dona Ana County mountain ranges that were included in President Obama's proclamation. If that were to happen, the national monument would drop in size by nearly 90 percent, from nearly 500,000 acres to about 55,000 acres.

There are strong arguments on both sides of this debate, but if you want to weigh in with your opinion, time is quickly running out.

The U.S. Interior Department will close public comments on what should happen with the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument on Monday, July 10.

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