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Heinrich To Unveil White Sands National Park Bill, Showcase Economic Force Of Outdoor Recreation Industry In Southern N.M.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – On Friday, May 4, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will be in southern New Mexico to unveil legislation to establish White Sands National Monument as a national park and highlight the economic force of the outdoor recreation industry in the region.

At 8:30 a.m., Senator Heinrich will deliver the keynote address at the Las Cruces Outdoor Economics Conference on the inextricable link between conservation and growing the Western economy. The conference is the first event of its kind in New Mexico and will feature business, elected, and outdoor industry leaders from across the West. The outdoor recreation economy in New Mexico generates 99,000 direct jobs, $9.9 billion in consumer spending, $2.8 billion in wages and salaries, and $623 million in state and local tax revenue. Immediately following the conference, Senator Heinrich will join participants on a hike in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

At 1:30 p.m., Senator Heinrich will unveil the White Sands National Park Establishment Act with local elected officials and community leaders. After the press conference, Senator Heinrich will walk the Playa Trail and learn about recent new discoveries related to hearth sites and Ice Age tracks, followed by a short walk on the Dune Life Trail.

At 3:30 p.m., Senator Heinrich will be the featured speaker at a forum on the economic and community impact of establishing White Sands National Park hosted by the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce. The discussion will provide an overview of a new report by Headwaters Economics on the economic benefits of designating White Sands as a national park, and will feature panels with local elected officials and business and community leaders.

***Press interested in attending should RSVP to or call (202) 228-1578.***

Las Cruces - Friday, May 4, 2018

WHO: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich
 Keynote at Outdoor Recreation Economy Conference
WHEN: From 8:30 to 9 a.m. 
WHERE: Hotel Encanto, Ballroom, 705 S. Telshor Blvd Las Cruces, N.M. 88011

WHO: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich
WHAT: Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Hike
WHEN: From 9:30 to 11 a.m. 
WHERE: Dripping Springs Natural Area, 15000 Dripping Springs Rd, Las Cruces, N.M. 88011

Alamogordo - Friday, May 4, 2018

WHO: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich
               New Mexico State Senator Ron Griggs
               Alamogordo City Commissioner Nadia Sikes
WHAT: White Sands National Park Establishment Act Announcement 
WHEN: From 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Media pre-set at 1:15 p.m.; parking will be available in the Visitor Center’s back parking lot) 
WHERE: White Sands National Monument, Visitor Center Patio, 19955 U.S. 70, Alamogordo, N.M. 88310

WHO: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich 
             Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce President G.B. Oliver
             Executive Director of Headwaters Economics Ray Rasker 
             Panel 1:
             New Mexico State Senator Ron Griggs
             Alamogordo business owner Marianne Schweers
             Alamogordo Mayor Richard Boss
             Mesilla Mayor Nora Barraza 
             Panel 2
             N.M. Military Base Planning Commissioner Ed Brabson
             Las Cruces Green Chamber President Carrie Hamblen
             Field Representative for U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich Dara Parker 
WHAT: White Sands National Park Economic and Community Impact Forum 
WHEN: From 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. 
WHERE: New Mexico Space History Museum, First Floor, 3198 State Rte 2001, Alamogordo, N.M. 88310