Conservation

Preserving access to all our natural resources does not only enrich New Mexico’s rich outdoor traditions, but it also spurs our economy. Outdoor recreation activities in New Mexico generate $6.1 billion annually in consumer spending and is also directly responsible for 68,000 New Mexico 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 reverse the devastating effects of climate change. 

I am deeply committed to protecting and conserving New Mexico’s treasured public lands, water, and wildlife for all to enjoy.

Latest

  • Udall, Heinrich Secure Vital Drought Provisions for NM in Water Infrastructure Bill

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined the full Senate in voting 99-1 to pass the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), a bill that authorizes Army Corps of Engineers water projects nationwide and includes core provisions of Udall and Heinrich's New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act, among other New Mexico benefits.  Last month, the House voted to unanimously approve the water infrastructure bill. The bill now goes to the president’s desk to be signed into law.  Read More


  • Heinrich Advances Bipartisan Every Kid Outdoors Act

    Today, in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources markup, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) advanced legislation he introduced with U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to provide America's fourth graders and their families free entrance to America's public lands, waters, and historic sites, including national parks -- more than 2,000 sites in all. Read More


  • Heinrich Denounces Weakened BLM Methane Rule

    Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, denounced the Trump administration Bureau of Land Management (BLM) finalizing its weakened rule on methane waste for oil and gas operations on federal public lands. Read More


  • Heinrich Passes Critical Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Sagebrush Habitat

    U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) announced the passage of the Sage-Grouse and Mule Deer Habitat Conservation and Restoration Act by unanimous consent in the Senate. He introduced the bipartisan legislation with U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to streamline scientifically-recognized vegetation management projects to conserve or restore the habitat of the sage-grouse and mule deer, and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. Read More


  • Heinrich Opening Statement On Legislation To Protect Chaco Canyon Area

    U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) delivered opening remarks in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining hearing today on the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a bill he introduced with U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M). The bill, which is supported by Navajo Nation, All Pueblo Council of Governors, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, the Wilderness Society, and Southwest Native Cultures, would ensure the protection of Chaco ruins and the greater landscape surrounding the Chaco Culture National Historical Park by preventing any future leasing or development of minerals owned by the U.S. government that are located within a protected radius around Chaco. Read More