Privately owned property is
represented in WHITE
Less than 15% of
Dona Ana County is privately owned property!
Nearly 75% of Dona Ana County is
federally owned land, and 30% of that is restricted, i.e., White Sands
Missile Range, White Sands National Monument, San Andres National Wildlife
Refuge, and Jornada Experimental Range.
Almost half of the federally owned
land in the county is multiple use BLM land and is already
protected. Senator Bingaman's bill and the Wilderness
Alliance proposal will convert nearly 50% of that into highly restricted
federal Wilderness, or National Monument.
For a concise history of the issues of the efforts to impose Wilderness
designation in Dona Ana County,
read this article by Stephen L. Wilmeth:
The Battle of Dona Ana County