Building a Connection
PHOTO: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich joins a Youth Conservation Corps crew working on a restoration project at Rio Fernando Park in Taos, July 6, 2018.
During my time working as an AmeriCorps member for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service years ago, I developed a deep connection to the incredible outdoor places in New Mexico. I believe strongly in creating similar opportunities for the next generation of young people to build a lifelong connection to our land and water by working on conservation. That's why I make a point to support funding for conservation projects and, when I get the chance, to join young people working to conserve the places we all love.
Last week, I joined a crew from the Youth Conservation Corps and the Taos Land Trust to work on an exciting new restoration project at Rio Fernando Park. This project will revitalize critical wetlands and agricultural lands, create new recreation and education opportunities, and restore a 40-year-dormant section of an acequia for local landowners. It was inspiring to hear how the project has helped these young people learn about the importance of sustainability and stewardship of our natural resources.
PHOTO: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich speaks with Youth Conservation Corps members in Taos, photo by Jim O'Donnell, July 6, 2018.
While I was in northern New Mexico, I also visited with leadership at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and with the new contractor responsible for carrying out the Department of Energy's legacy cleanup mission. I was proud to secure increased federal funding for cleanup, national security missions, and innovative research and development at our national labs in the recent government funding bill. I also passed a bipartisan amendment to improve technology transfer from national labs to the private sector to boost our private tech industry and create new jobs.
I always appreciate hearing from New Mexicans. Please contact one of my offices if I can be of assistance or if you have ideas to move our state and nation forward.
United States Senator