In the Land of Enchantment, 22.9 million acres of publicly owned national forest and Bureau of Land Management lands provide fish and wildlife with irreplaceable habitat. Despite the immense value of America’s public lands, special interests are working hard in favor of the New Mexico public lands transfer. If the state were to take over these lands, it is indisputable that important lands would be sold off and closed to hunting, fishing, and public access.
New Mexico government officials and stakeholders realize that this idea is unworkable, and they are stepping up in support of America’s public lands legacy.
“Selling off America’s treasured lands to the highest bidder would result in a proliferation of locked gates and no-trespassing signs.”
-U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich
“I firmly believe that we have a duty to preserve and protect our public lands.”
-Petition being circulated by U.S. Senator Tom Udall