Online Campaign Asks President Obama: What Would Teddy Do?

Calls on President Obama and Secretary Jewell to Protect New Mexico’s Public Lands

Environment New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM — Today, Environment New Mexico launched an online campaign calling on President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to continue President Teddy Roosevelt’s vision of protecting New Mexico’s public lands by asking, “What would Teddy do?”

Over 100 years ago, President Theodore Roosevelt began a presidential tradition of permanently protecting New Mexico’s national treasures. Thanks to President Teddy Roosevelt’s leadership, he helped create and expand more than 20 national parks and monuments including Chaco Canyon during his presidency.

“Today, despite record visits and popularity, our public lands are at risk from increased oil and gas development, industrial clear cut logging, toxic mining and underfunding,” said Sanders Moore, director of Environment New Mexico. “If President Theodore Roosevelt were alive today, what would Teddy do?”

Environment New Mexico is asking President Obama and his Secretary of the Interior Jewell to continue Teddy Roosevelt’s vision by investing in, protecting and adding to our network of protected public lands.

“It was encouraging to hear Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell put forward a strong conservation agenda for her tenure with the Obama administration. We are calling on the administration to start acting upon this agenda by permanently protecting the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks outside Las Cruces,” continued Moore. “As Secretary Jewell said in her conservation speech, ‘some places are too special to develop.’”

The ads will run on Facebook through Jan. 30. You can learn more about the campaign and take action at or follow the campaign on twitter at #WhatWouldTeddyDo.

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