The massive Natural Resources Management Act approved overwhelmingly by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday contains a public lands package that would create a dozen new wilderness areas in New Mexico, the most in almost 30 years.
Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, both D-N.M., said the package includes bills to establish such areas in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument and the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.
“(These) are two of New Mexico’s most special places – and these undisturbed areas within them deserve the special protections that wilderness designation confers,” Udall said in a statement.
“This legislation will provide permanent protection to some of the most breathtaking natural landscapes in Doña Ana County and iconic rugged areas of Taos, all while preserving traditional practices, and keeping the land accessible for hunting, fishing and recreation,” he said.