New Mexico officials get behind Wild Lands policy

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Some key elected officials in the Land of Enchantment are standing behind Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on a new policy to protect potential wilderness in the West.

Salazar's plan allows the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to make a list of lands Congress might want to protect as federal wilderness, which means keeping industry and other uses off those lands until Congress can make the final call.

Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham, one of dozens of officials in western states who signed a letter of support to Salazar this week, says she looks forward to working with the BLM to manage lands near Albuquerque in ways that protect them....

Twenty elected officials in New Mexico, including House Majority Leader Ken Martinez, D-Grants, other state lawmakers, mayors, city councilors and county commissioners, signed the letter supporting the policy.