Bill to protect two New Mexico wilderness areas clears US Senate with full bi-partisan support

Dec 22, 2017

Ute Mountain, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, New Mexico. 

Photo by BLM
Late this evening the full Senate voted in favor of a bill that establishes two new wilderness areas within the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument northwest of Taos, New Mexico.

The Cerro del Yuta and Rio San Antonio Wilderness Act, introduced by Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall (D-N.M.), passed with unanimous support. The bill now must be passed by the House of Representatives before being signed into law.

The following statement is from Michael Casaus, New Mexico State Director, The Wilderness Society:

“Northern New Mexico is home to some of America’s wildest, unspoiled lands and there is an opportunity to protect them for future generations. Senators Heinrich and Udall helped pave a collaborative path that led to the broad support for the bill—from the local level to the full bi-partisan support for these protections by the full US Senate.

We call on the House to do their part and listen to the call of millions of Americans who believe we should protect wilderness areas. From the ruggedness of Ute Mountain, to the grasslands that feed migrating elk, this is a place worthy of Congress’ full support. We thank Senators Heinrich and Udall for their leadership and we urge the New Mexico congressional delegation to work with their senate colleagues to ensure these lands get the protection they deserve. “

Michael Casaus