New Mexico decision makers and stakeholders are speaking out against public lands takeover
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
Here’s who else stands with sportsmen
The New Mexico State Senate, who passed a memorial “recognizing and honoring the public lands legacy in New Mexico” in 2016.
Santa Fe County, representing 147,000 residents in New Mexico’s capital city, has formally opposed public lands transfer.
Bernalillo County, representing 675,000 residents in New Mexico, has formally opposed public lands transfer.
Taos County, representing 33,000 residents in New Mexico, has formally opposed public lands transfer.
San Miguel County, representing 28,500 residents in New Mexico, has formally opposed public lands transfer.
Doña Ana County, representing 210,000 residents in New Mexico’s second most populated county, has formally opposed public lands transfer.
These 115 hunting, fishing, wildlife, and conservation groups and businesses across the country are opposed to the sale or transfer of our public lands.
Santa Fe New Mexican editorialized in opposition to public lands transfer.