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 to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Las Cruces

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. - On Monday, April 17, at 6 p.m. MT, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will hold a town hall meeting at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The senators will talk with constituents and answer questions about critical issues facing New Mexico. The town hall will be moderated by KRWG-TV/FM's Fred Martino. Read More


  • Heinrich Seeks Permanent Reauthorization Of The Land And Water Conservation Fund

    U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, joined Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Susan Collins (R-ME), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Cory Gardner (R-CO) to introduce bipartisan legislation to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to conserve parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitat for the benefit of hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation.  Read More


  • Heinrich Leads Bipartisan Group To Reintroduce Sportsmen’s Act

    U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, unveiled the Sportsmen's Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation he’s championed to enhance opportunities for hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreation enthusiasts, reauthorize key conservation programs, improve access to public lands, and help boost the outdoor recreation economy. Read More


  • Monuments matter in New Mexico and around the West

    In New Mexico, our livelihoods are rooted in our open spaces. Families have long histories of using our public lands for hiking, hunting, fishing and other outdoor traditions, both new and old. New Mexicans also share an unwavering commitment to protecting our natural heritage for our children and for all future generations, and know firsthand that conservation and growing the economy are inextricably linked. Read More


  • New Mexico Delegation Announces $3.6 Million for Watershed Restoration in Harding County

    Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce (R-N.M.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) announced a grant of $3.6 million for the Canadian River Riparian Restoration Project (CRRRP) in Harding County to help restore important watersheds of Northeastern New Mexico. The grant has been awarded by the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to help the CRRRP increase native grasslands in the area by removing invasive plant species to limit soil degradation and improve New Mexico's water quality and quantity in the Prairie Grasslands Region. Read More


  • Heinrich Stands With Tribal Leaders In Demanding Meeting With Secretary Zinke To Protect Bears Ears

    Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, calls on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to meet with the Bears Ears Commission in Utah and discuss the importance and management of the Bear Ears National Monument to the tribes. The Bears Ears Commission, composed of five sovereign tribes, including the Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico, sent a letter today to Secretary Zinke requesting the meeting amid reports that the Trump administration may be considering actions to reduce the size of the monument or to eliminate it entirely. Senator Heinrich released the following statement: Read More


  • New Mexico stands up for public lands

    In the face of new threats from the Trump administration and public land giveaway bills introduced in state legislatures across the West and increasingly in Congress, I joined the community in Taos last month to celebrate and stand up for the Rio Grande del Norte and all of our national monuments and public lands in New Mexico and across the country. Read More