• Santa Clara Pueblo Flood Mitigation, July 2, 2015 »

    U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich tours flood mitigation efforts at Santa Clara Pueblo. In June 2015, Senator Heinrich welcomed news that Santa Clara Pueblo will receive funding under a new national program aimed at restoring the health and fire resilience of iconic landscapes. Santa Clara Pueblo is receiving $400,000 to complete restoration of the natural fire regime — the natural frequency, intensity, size, pattern, season and severity of fire — on the mesa top lands, protecting ancient cliff dwellings, cultural sites, traditional food sources and watershed health. The Pueblo suffered significant damages from the catastrophic Las Conchas fire in 2011, which burned more than 150,000 acres in northern New Mexico. Two years later, heavy summer rainstorms caused severe flooding and erosion where the fire had burned protective ground cover. The funding comes from the Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program, which Senator Heinrich helped create as part of a bill to fund the government. Santa Clara Pueblo has experienced severe wildfire in recent years, burning the Pueblo's commercial timberland and threatening the Santa Clara watershed and the Rio Grande River. Protecting the area will help ensure the watershed remains stable long-term, and restore the Pueblo's timber harvest which is crucial to the local economy. The funding will help reduce an additional 2,000 acres of hazardous vegetation through thinning, and improve the health of 7,000 more acres through planned burns of the mesa landscape.

    • Rocky Mountain Youth Corps' Hands-On Preservation Experience (HOPE) Crew at Bandelier National Monument, July 1, 2015 »

      U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich participates in a restoration service project with the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps' Hands-On Preservation Experience (HOPE) Crew at Bandelier National Monument. The HOPE Crew program links preservation projects to the national youth corps movement. It brings the potential for thousands of crew members to work on hundreds of sites, learning preservation craft skills while rehabilitating historic places. Senator Heinrich is a staunch supporter of national service programs. He is the first AmeriCorps alum to serve in the United States Senate and a member of the National Service Congressional Caucus. In May, Senator Heinrich announced $522,750 in funding to the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps for 136 AmeriCorps members to conduct environmental restoration projects that reduce the risk of wildfire, build trails, restore watersheds, weatherize low-income homes, and increase academic engagement of school children across northern New Mexico.

      • Santa Fe Indian School, July 1, 2015 »

        U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich visits the Santa Fe Indian School, a sovereign educational community, building upon its rich cultural legacy to be the leader in Native American education. Senator Heinrich was briefed on the Leadership Institute, which is based at the Santa Fe Indian School. The program was established in 1997 to create a space to discuss the policy issues that impact the Native tribes of New Mexico. Senator Heinrich also heard from the young leaders of the Institute's Brave Girls program, which aims to educate and empower girls, and the Summer Policy Academy, which convenes students each summer for intensive sessions that focus on current local, national, and international Indigenous issues.

        • Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce, June 30, 2015 »

          U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich meets with the Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce at the Santa Fe Homebuilders Association to discuss the growing renewable energy economy.

          • Ribbon Cutting and Groundbreaking at Kirtland Air Force Base, June 29, 2015 »

            U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich participates in a ribbon cutting and groundbreaking for the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, a new world-class facility at Kirtland Air Force Base. Senator Heinrich played a key role in securing funding for the project as a member of the House Armed Services Committee in 2011.

            • Land and Water Conservation Fund Press Conference, June 25, 2015 »

              U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich calls for full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund at a press conference in Washington D.C.

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