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

  • Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Announce $4.64 Million to Help Increase Access to Clean Water in Doña Ana County

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded a grant of $3,629,065 and approved a loan of $1,014,000, totaling $4,643,065, to help the Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Authority upgrade and modernize the water system in Berino, New Mexico.  Read More


  • Heinrich Responds To BLM’s Bears Ears Management Plan

    July 27, 2019) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, issued the following statement on the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) final management plan for Bears Ears National Monument. The Trump administration's attempted reduction of Bears Ears is currently being challenged in court. Last year, Senator Heinrich called for the BLM to postpone the development of management plans for the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah until legal challenges regarding the president's authority to reduce the size of the monuments have been resolved.    Read More


  • Heinrich, Special Committee On The Climate Crisis To Hear Testimony From Republicans Who Support Climate Action

    On Thursday, July 25 at 9:30 a.m. MT/11:30 a.m. ET, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will participate in the Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis' hearing titled, "The Right Thing To Do: Conservatives for Climate Action." The special committee will hear from conservatives who are working to decrease the partisanship surrounding this issue and find a collective path forward. The hearing will be streamed live. Read More


  • Heinrich, Special Committee On The Climate Crisis To Hold First Hearing

    Today, Wednesday, July 17 at 11 a.m. MT/1 p.m. ET, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will participate in the Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis' first hearing titled, "A Blueprint for Success: U.S. Climate Action at the Local Level." The committee will discuss local efforts around the country to cut carbon pollution, become more resilient to the impacts of climate change, and how the federal government can and should play a role in helping cities achieve their goals.  Read More


  • VIDEO: Heinrich Highlights Importance Of Action At The Local Level In First Climate Committee Hearing

    July 17, 2019) - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) participated in the Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis' first hearing titled, "A Blueprint for Success: U.S. Climate Action at the Local Level." During the hearing, Senator Heinrich highlights what local governments are doing to cut carbon pollution, become more resilient to the impacts of climate change, and how the federal government can and should play a role in helping cities achieve these goals. Read More


  • Heinrich Calls For Hardrock Mining Reform

    July 16, 2019) - During a Energy and Natural Resources Committee business meeting today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) called for a hearing on the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act, legislation he introduced with U.S. Senator Tom Udall to modernize the nation's antiquated hardrock mining laws. Read More