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

  • NM delegation critical of Paris pullout

    The Trump administration last week officially notified the United Nations of the U.S.' intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement through a letter from the Department of State. Read More


  • Heinrich Welcomes New Effort To Expand Public Access To The Sabinoso Wilderness

    Nov. 8, 2019) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, welcomed an announcement that The Trust for Public Land has received a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Acres for America Program to fund the protection of the 8,914-acre Cañon Ciruela property in eastern New Mexico. The Trust for Public Land plans to donate the land to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) so it can be added to the Sabinoso Wilderness. The donation is expected to be completed before the end of the year. The land donation would expand public access to the wilderness, and open up new outdoor recreation opportunities for hunting and fishing. Read More


  • Senator Martin Heinrich Weighs in on Oil and Gas Drilling Near Chaco

    KSFR News Director Tom Trowbridge brings you the latest input from Senator Martin Heinrich. The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to permanently prohibit oil and gas drilling on federal land within a 10-mile radius of Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwestern New Mexico. Read More


  • In Key Hearing, Heinrich Calls For Improvements To Recreational Permitting Process, Grow Outdoor Recreation Economy

    Oct. 31, 2019) - Today, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee heard testimony on the bipartisan Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act, legislation U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) introduced to improve the permitting process for outfitters, educational organizations, and community groups to access public lands, and grow the outdoor recreation industry, which is a major economic driver in New Mexico, particularly in rural communities. Read More


  • New Mexico Delegation Introduces Water Conservation Legislation to Safeguard Water Resources for Future Generations

    WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.),Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), introduced the Western Water Security Act of 2019, legislation to improve water management in the West through investments in water infrastructure, a focus on conservation, efficiency, and environmental restoration, and tailored funding for local communities. The forward-looking legislation will arm communities with the federal funding and research necessary to grapple with the potential of a long-term drying trend in the West and changes in water availability exacerbated by climate change.   Read More


  • 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