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.

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  • Heinrich Urges Inclusion Of PFAS Provisions In Final FY21 NDAA

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and a bipartisan group of senators in sending a letter to Senate and House Armed Services Committee leadership urging the inclusion of several provisions in the final fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prevent and address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination. The Senate and House passed FY2021 defense bills earlier this year and leadership from both committees are currently negotiating a final version of the bill to be considered by both chambers of Congress before going to the President to be signed into law. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich Object to Trump Interior Department’s Refusal to Extend Chaco Comment Process During Pandemic

    WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement after U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced the agency would refuse to extend public comment period on a resource management plan surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park while the Tribes and local communities most affected by the plan continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic: Read More


  • Heinrich Welcomes Final Passage of America’s Conservation Enhancement Act, Champions Effort To Reauthorize And Increase Funding For North American Wetlands Conservation Act

    WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) welcomed the final passage of the America's Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bipartisan bill includes legislation championed by Senator Heinrich that reauthorizes the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) through 2025 and increases funding for the program to $60 million for each of Fiscal Years 2021 through 2025. The ACE Act also reauthorizes the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Establishment Act, reauthorizes or establishes several other key wildlife conservation programs, and helps to address wildlife diseases like Chronic Wasting Disease and combat invasive species. Read More


  • Heinrich, Alexander Ask Department Of Interior To Extend Every Kid Outdoors Passes

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) are requesting that the U.S. Department of the Interior extend the 2019-2020 Every Kid Outdoors pass into the 2020-2021 school year given the hurdles the pandemic has presented for students and families to accessing America's public lands, waters, and historic sites. Read More


  • The Great American Outdoors Act is Law, Part II — Episode 074

    On our previous episode of Open Space Radio - which was part one of our Great American Outdoors Act coverage — we spoke with Happy Haynes, the executive director of Denver Parks and Recreation, about what the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act meant for access to quality parks and recreation opportunities in her city and the country as a whole. For part two of our coverage, on today's episode we're speaking with two members of Congress who played integral roles in getting this historic piece of legislation passed and subsequently signed into law last month.  Read More


  • No, Trump, you are not a great environmentalist like Teddy Roosevelt: Sen. Heinrich

    Earlier this month in Florida, President Donald Trump absurdly called himself "the great environmentalist." That's right. The guy, who repealed or weakened more than a hundred environmental protections, proposed unbridled oil and gas leasing on millions of acres of lands and waters, and still denies climate science even as apocalyptic wildfires and hurricanes devastate communities, now expects us to believe he’s “number one since Teddy Roosevelt.”  Read More