Conservation

New Mexicans' livelihoods are rooted in our open spaces. Our public lands are where locals and visitors alike go to find the biggest elk, the best camping spot, the most challenging single track, or the greatest fishing hole. 

Outdoor traditions on our public lands are not only at the core of New Mexico’s way of life: they also fuel our economy and create much needed jobs--especially in rural communities. Outdoor recreation activities in New Mexico generate $9.9 billion annually in consumer spending and are also directly responsible for 99,000 jobs.

To ensure our public lands remain an economic engine, we must continue to protect our air from pollution, conserve our precious water resources, and work to mitigate the devastating effects of climate change. I am committed to protecting our public lands, watersheds, and wildlife for our children and all future generations to enjoy.

Latest

  • Heinrich Announces Youth Climate Change Challenge

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Oct. 9, 2019) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today announced the Youth Climate Change Challenge. He is inviting New Mexico students from grades K-12 to submit drawings, paintings, poetry, and short essays about what the climate crisis means for them. Senator Heinrich will visit the classrooms of the first-place winners. Read More


  • New Mexico Delegation Calls on Forest Service to Act Swiftly to Allow New Mexicans to Resume Use of National Forests

    WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small, wrote to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Vicki Christiansen pressing the agency to take immediate action to comply with the law and allow the resumption of traditional forest activities on national forests in New Mexico. New Mexico Delegation Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort to Expand Telehealth Care in Underserved Communities through Medicare and Medicaid Read More


  • Heinrich Stands With Students In New Mexico And Around The World Calling For Action On Climate Change

    Sept. 17, 2019) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) spoke at a press conference in front of the U.S. Capitol today with some of America's leading youth climate activists, indigenous youth from the Amazon, and founder of the school strike for climate Greta Thunberg. The young people have gathered from all over the world in Washington this week to call for action on climate change. Read More


  • Heinrich Meets With Pro Athletes Impacted By Climate Change

    Sept. 13, 2019) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, participated in a hearing titled, "The Fight to Save Winter: Pro Athletes for Climate Action." The committee heard from professional winter athletes about the impact the climate crisis is having on winter sports, jobs, and the tourism industry. Senator Heinrich met with a number of the witnesses and volunteers with Protect Our Winters (POW)? in his office following the hearing. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Announce $4.64 Million to Help Increase Access to Clean Water in Doña Ana County

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded a grant of $3,629,065 and approved a loan of $1,014,000, totaling $4,643,065, to help the Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Authority upgrade and modernize the water system in Berino, New Mexico.  Read More


  • Heinrich Responds To BLM’s Bears Ears Management Plan

    July 27, 2019) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, issued the following statement on the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) final management plan for Bears Ears National Monument. The Trump administration's attempted reduction of Bears Ears is currently being challenged in court. Last year, Senator Heinrich called for the BLM to postpone the development of management plans for the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah until legal challenges regarding the president's authority to reduce the size of the monuments have been resolved.    Read More


  • Heinrich, Special Committee On The Climate Crisis To Hear Testimony From Republicans Who Support Climate Action

    On Thursday, July 25 at 9:30 a.m. MT/11:30 a.m. ET, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will participate in the Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis' hearing titled, "The Right Thing To Do: Conservatives for Climate Action." The special committee will hear from conservatives who are working to decrease the partisanship surrounding this issue and find a collective path forward. The hearing will be streamed live. Read More