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.

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  • The real picture of our borderlands

    The heated rhetoric about our border region coming from President Trump is wildly out of touch with the realities of our experiences in New Mexico. This week, I'm proud to help bring the "Continental Divide: Wildlife, People, and the Border Wall" photography exhibit to Congress so we can show a real picture of the vibrant life in our nation's borderlands in the Southwest. The exhibit demonstrates why a border wall would be so harmful--both with its impact on the environment and its impact on the families that call this region home. … 

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  • Heinrich Helps Bring Photography Exhibit To Washington, D.C. On Impact Of Border Wall In The Southwest

    On Tuesday, June 12 at 5 p.m. ET, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will help showcase an art exhibit featuring photographs by International League of Conservation Photographer Krista Schlyer on the Southwest borderlands that will be on display this week in the Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda. Continental Divide: Wildlife, People, and the Border Wall documents the impacts of border wall construction on the communities, lands, and wildlife along the U.S.-Mexico border.  Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich, Luj├ín Announce FEMA Fire Management Assistance Grant For Ute Park Fire

    Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Luján announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant declaration for the Ute Park Fire burning in Colfax County. The Fire Management Assistance Grant Program allows for the "mitigation, management, and control" of fires burning on publicly or privately-owned forest or grasslands which threaten such destruction as would constitute a major disaster.   Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich Join Conservation Leaders To Celebrate New Public Access To Sabinoso Wilderness, Call For Reauthorization Of Land And Water Conservation Fund

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the National Wildlife Federation, Wilderness Land Trust, Partnership for Responsible Business, Santa Ana Pueblo, and a number of other local conservation leaders and organizations to announce major gains towards improving access to public lands in New Mexico, including opening the Sabinoso Wilderness to the public, and the many successes of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The event was held at the Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Center in Albuquerque. Read More


  • SF New Mexican: To protect Chaco, the time to act is now

    Chaco Canyon is truly one of the most important cultural sites on Earth. It deserves to be protected from any harmful development that would threaten to damage its precious historical and cultural resources. That's why I joined Senator Tom Udall, New Mexico's Pueblos, and the Navajo Nation to introduce the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act. Our bill 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.  … 

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  • Udall, Heinrich To Speak At Press Conference On Improving Access To Public Lands, Permanently Reauthorizing Land And Water Conservation Fund

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - On Tuesday, May 29, at 11 a.m., U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich will join the National Wildlife Federation, Wilderness Land Trust, Partnership for Responsible Business, Santa Ana Pueblo, and a number of other local conservation leaders and organizations to announce major gains towards improving access to public lands in New Mexico, including opening the Sabinoso Wilderness to the public and the many successes of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The event will take place at the Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Center in Albuquerque. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation to Protect Chaco Canyon Area

    Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) introduced the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a bill to withdraw the lands around Chaco Canyon from further development by the federal government. The bill 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


  • Tribes, senators seek buffer around world heritage site

    A swath of northwestern New Mexico's oil and gas country would be off limits to drilling under proposed federal legislation that seeks to make permanent a buffer zone that has kept development away from Chaco Culture National Historical Park and other sites held sacred by Native American tribes. Read More


  • TOMORROW: Udall, Heinrich, Tribal Leaders Hold Press Conference Call to Announce Legislation to Protect Chaco Canyon Area

    Tomorrow, May 22, at 10 a.m. MT / noon ET, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and President of Navajo Nation Russell Begaye and All Pueblo Council of Governors Chairman and Former Governor of Isleta Pueblo Edward Paul Torres will hold a press conference call to announce the introduction of the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a bill to prevent any future leasing around Chaco Canyon by the federal government. Read More