Kathleen (Kathy) Love, an attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a partner at McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, P.A. With 20 years of experience as an attorney, Kathy Love handles civil matters, representing people who have been hurt by corporations, insurance companies and hospitals. Aside from her professional responsibilities, Ms. Love was a founding member of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance.
Since 1997, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance has worked to protect the state’s wilderness areas. By building diverse coalitions of people who are willing to advocate for the protection of the natural environment, the organization has experienced a number of successes, including the designation of the Organ Mountains as a national monument.
The Organ Mountains are an ancient mountain range that serve as the backdrop to the Las Cruces community. The tall, jagged mountains have been featured in some of journals kept by early Spanish explorers. They are also the home to abundant wildlife, including over 300 species of birds, desert mule deer, mountain lion, pronghorn, bobcat, and coyote. Residents of the area have long enjoyed numerous recreational opportunities.
As a result of the rapid growth, urban sprawl and mining and energy developments were threatening the tranquility of the Organ Mountains. Ten years of advocacy culminated in a bill presented to Congress in December of 2013 by U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall. The bill, which designated the Organ Mountains as a national monument, was signed by President Obama in 2014.
National Monument status ensures that the Organ Mountains and surrounding areas will enjoy permanent protection. While current recreational activities can continue, new developments are regulated.