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

  • Heinrich Welcomes Extension Of Chaco Canyon Public Comment Period

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement in response to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt's announcement that the comment period will be extended for the Farmington Mancos-Gallup Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement. The extension will allow for increased public engagement on issues that affect Chaco Culture National Historical Park and its surrounding region. Read More


  • Heinrich Introduces Legislation To Support State, Local Efforts To Reduce Fossil Fuel Emissions

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Senate Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, has introduced legislation to reauthorize the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program. This program provides grants to states, local governments, and tribes to support projects that reduce fossil fuel emissions and conserve energy. Read More


  • TODAY: Heinrich To Join Outdoor Recreation Leaders, Pro Athletes For Press Teleconference On Great American Outdoors Act

    WASHINGTON - Today, Friday, May 15 at 12:15 p.m. MT/2:15 p.m. ET, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) will join outdoor recreation industry leaders, small business owners, and professional outdoor athletes for a press teleconference about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the outdoor recreation industry and how Congress can provide relief to the industry, while expanding access to the outdoors by passing the Great American Outdoors Act, which includes full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Read More


  • AUDIO: Udall, Heinrich, Lt. Governor, County Commissioner, Local Business Owner Discuss Wild & Scenic Bill To Protect the Gila River

    WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich held a teleconference to announce the M.H. Dutch Salmon Greater Gila Wild and Scenic River Act to designate portions of the Gila River, its watershed and other rivers in the Gila National Forest as Wild and Scenic Rivers. The senators were joined by New Mexico Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales, Grant County Commissioner Chris Ponce, Gila Backcountry Services Co-Owner Jamie Crockett. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich Introduce Wild & Scenic Legislation to Protect the Gila River

    WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced the introduction of legislation to designate portions of the Gila River, its watershed and other rivers in the Gila National Forest as Wild and Scenic Rivers. The legislation will be a boon to New Mexico's outdoor economy, while protecting an irreplaceable natural resource for future generations of New Mexicans. The senators developed the legislation taking into account the large amount of feedback provided by community members, private landowners, outdoor recreation enthusiasts, local officials, farmers, ranchers and others. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich introduce bill to protect Gila River

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, both New Mexico Democrats, have introduced legislation to designate 446 miles of the Gila River and its tributaries as "wild and scenic." The “M.H. 'Dutch' Salmon Greater Gila Wild and Scenic River Act” is named in memory of the longtime Gila River conservation advocate. Read More


  • New Mexico's U.S. senators propose Gila River protections

    The most environmentally sensitive portions of New Mexico's Gila River watershed would be protected under a bill the state’s two U.S. senators introduced Tuesday. Parts of the Gila River, its wilderness area and the San Francisco River tributary would be placed under the Wild and Scenic Rivers designation to preserve their natural beauty, plus create recreational opportunities and diverse wildlife for future generations, Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich said in a statement. Read More