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 Calls For Permanent LWCF Funding; Broader Scope To Address Maintenance Backlog On All Public Lands

    Nov. 19, 2019) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is calling for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to move forward with permanent and full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) that will help preserve and protect public lands in New Mexico, and also ensure outdoor recreation in urban and neighborhood settings. Senator Heinrich also asked that the committee continue to work in a bipartisan manner to fix maintenance backlogs at all four public land agencies, not just the National Park Service (NPS), but also to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). Read More


  • 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