Movement on Sabinoso!
Hundreds of New Mexicans signed our petition to Secretary Ryan Zinke asking him to finalize the Sabinoso Wilderness land deal – and it looks like it will finally get done! Thanks to sportsmen and women like YOU, the last inaccessible wilderness area in the country is one step closer to being opened. On October 4th it was announced that the Interior Department had approved an “agreement to initiate” a proposed land exchange between the State Land Office and the Bureau of Land Management that would consolidate land within the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument and Sabinoso Wilderness Area. Stay tuned for final details!
Guest Column from Senator Martin Heinrich
Written by Senator Heinrich
Some of my favorite memories with my friends and family are from hiking, fishing, and hunting in New Mexico’s Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande del Norte National Monuments. The designations for both monuments resulted in greater protection and improved public access to some of the best places in New Mexico to hunt and fish. Through my role on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, I have repeatedly called on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to respect our national monuments and public lands in New Mexico. It would be devastating to pull the rug out from under the communities that have worked so hard to protect these places they love and revere. Unfortunately, after Secretary Zinke visited New Mexico and saw the widespread community support for Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande del Norte, he still recommended changes to our monuments based on factual inaccuracies and a sham process aimed at meeting predetermined political conclusions rather than listening to local communities. There is still time for President Trump and Secretary Zinke to do the right thing. I will not stop fighting to protect our national monuments and public lands so the outdoor treasures owned by all of us will be there for future Americans to see. If we protect our public lands today, New Mexicans will enjoy the benefits of our watersheds, wildlife and wild lands for generations to come. Read the entire op-ed on our website.
October 12th: Las Cruces Sportsmen and Women’s Meeting: Join us in Las Cruces for a Sportsmen and Women’s meeting where we’ll focus on quail hunting. The first beer is on us! We’ll be at The Game Sports Bar & Grill from 6 – 8 pm. Join the Facebook event and invite your friends!
Public Meetings to Address Pronghorn Rule: The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on proposed pronghorn hunting rules. Four meetings will be held in October and November in Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Roswell, and Las Cruces. Get the details and attend a meeting in the coming weeks!
Dove Hunt for National Public Lands Day
To celebrate National Public Lands Day, we enjoyed sharing and passing on the traditions of hunting in the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument to a new generation. Big thank you to our friends at New Mexico Specialized Wildlife Services and Conservation Lands Foundation for helping us organize this family dove hunt. Keep it Public, keep it monumental!
Thanks to the generosity of New Mexicans we raised $665 for Team Rubicon during our fly-rod raffle! We’re so excited to support the work of this veteran-based volunteer organization as they help hurricane victims build back up in the wake of the storm. A big thank you as well to the Taos Fly Shop who helped provide the prize of a Sage Pulse Fly Rod!
Stand Up For Stream Access:
Did you know that out of state interests are trying to privatize New Mexican streams and rivers? That puts our New Mexican heritage at risk as well as our ability to fish, kayak, and enjoy our rivers and stream. Sign the petition against the Stream Access Bill today.
New Free App from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
At the last Game Commission meeting, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish introduced their new, free mobile app. The app comes loaded with all kinds of information every hunter and angler would need to know, like game units maps, fishing maps, license and permit purchasing and look-ups, and more! Download it today and have all your hunting and fishing information in your pocket.
New Public Lands 101 Video: Methane Capture:
The latest video in our Public Lands 101 video series focuses on methane capture and how this could provide a great revenue source for New Mexico. Check it out on our Facebook page.
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