President Obama to designate Organ Mountains a national monument

Monday, May 19, 2014 - 10:01pm

After nearly a decade of fighting for it, it's about to become official. The Organ Mountains will become America's newest national monument.

President Obama Monday announced that he will designate the area a national monument on Wednesday.

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument will protect nearly a half million acres of land from development.

Supporters estimate it will generate almost $7.5 million for the region's economy.

There are now more than 100 national monuments in the United States.


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