Preserving America's Wildest Grassland
Item #: 6055
Author: Gregory McNamee
Book Type: Softcover
Full-color images by renowned photographers Stephen Strom and Stephen Capra unite with text by prizewinning nature and geography writer Gregory McNamee to document the subtle landscape of 1.2 million acres of remote Chihuahuan Desert grassland in southern New Mexico, between the Guadalupe Mountains and El Paso, Texas. Home to many species of wildlife and native plants, Otero Mesa is a place of extraordinary beauty and ecological significance faced with the increasing threat of oil and gas development that has plagued the Rocky Mountain West. 91 pp
At 1.2 million acres in size, Otero Mesa is the largest and wildest grassland left on public lands in America. (above)
The Campaign to Protect Otero Mesa
The campaign to preserve Otero Mesa has been ongoing since 2001, and the Coalition for Otero Mesa has led the way in preserving this Serengeti of the Southwest. At 1.2 million acres in size and with over 1,000 native plant and animal species, Otero Mesa is the largest and wildest grassland left on public lands in America. Almost 500,000 acres of Otero Mesa qualify for Wilderness designation, making it the largest potential wilderness area left in New Mexico. Thousands of ancient archeological sites can be found in Otero Mesa, including on Alamo Mountain, where petroglyphs date back 1500 years. Furthermore, the Salt Basin aquifer, which underlies Otero Mesa, is considered to be the state’s largest, untapped freshwater....(click here for more).