Legislation backed by Heinrich to boost outdoor recreation has come into force

US Senator Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (DN.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, celebrates bipartisan legislation he co-sponsored to digitize public land mapping records in order to increase outdoor recreation and improve access to hunting and fishing for sportsmen was signed into law by President Joe Biden.

the Modernizing Access to Our Public Lands Act (MAPLand) Improve access to the nation’s outdoor recreation opportunities by digitizing and standardizing map information such as access points and permitted uses on federal public lands.

“With our vast skies and remote open spaces in New Mexico, modernizing access to our public lands will help people better navigate the great outdoors and play a key role in growing our recreational economy. state,” Heinrich said.

This new law will allow public lands in New Mexico to be mapped in a standardized format and digitized across all four public land agencies with a significant degree of detail. New Mexico’s booming outdoor recreation economy depends largely on citizens’ access to reliable and comprehensive information about public lands, access points, and permitted activities.

According to Outdoor Industry Associationoutdoor recreation in New Mexico generates $9.9 billion in consumer spending annually, supports nearly 100,000 jobs, creates $2.8 billion in wages and salaries, and brings in approximately $623 million in revenue national and local taxes.

Senator Heinrich has a long history of improving access to public lands. In 2019, Senator Heinrich played a leading role in passing a landmark bipartisan piece of public land legislation, the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act. This law included Senator Heinrich’s bipartisan provisions of the Heinrich-sponsored Sportsman Act to expand key conservation programs and the HUNT Act, a bill drafted by Heinrich to require federal land management agencies to identify opportunities open up new opportunities for outdoor recreation on public lands for hunting. and fishing.

The MAPLand Act, led by U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Angus King (I-Maine), is also co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mark Kelly (D-Arizona) and Susan Collins (R-Maine).

The MAPLand Act is supported by many members of the conservation and sports community, including Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, and Trout Unlimited.

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