Defenders of Wildlife

Make a Call and Help Protect Wild New Mexico!

Call your state legislators Monday - Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Tell your elected officials that you want them to support the Land, Wildlife, and Clean Energy Act (H.B. 188/S.B. 407). Without this bill, New Mexicans may lose irreplaceable and pristine wild lands and the critters that call them home.

To find your elected officials, please enter your ZIP Code. If you live in a split district, you may need to enter your full address.

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Talking Points:

  • The Land, Wildlife, and Clean Energy Act (H.B. 188/S.B. 407) supports the legacy of New Mexico’s wildlife heritage, outdoor recreation opportunities, and vitality of rural communities.
  • Wildlife watching, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and other forms of outdoor recreation generate $2 billion each year to New Mexico’s economy, much of which supports rural communities. Investing in this economic asset simply makes sense. The Land, Wildlife and Clean Energy Act will make funds available to protect working lands, preserve access to key recreation areas, and will provide money for wildlife habitat improvements and trails.
  • Many landowners want to keep the family farm or ranch in operation, but are forced by economic circumstances to sell their land to development. Every year 40,000 acres of private lands and wildlife habitat are converted to development in New Mexico — ten percent of which is prime agricultural ground. No landowner should be forced—by a lack of economic options — to sell the family farm or ranch and see it carved up into subdivisions. HB 188/SB 407 strongly supports conservation easements, which provides a way forward for landowners who want to keep their lands in production.
  • New Mexico is one of the few western states that does not have a dedicated source of state funding for land and wildlife conservation.  Because of this, we lose $20 million in federal funds that must be matched with state funds every year.  The Land, Wildlife, and Clean Energy Act will help New Mexico capture those funds.