Bingaman and Udall Renew Wilderness Efforts

Senators Bingaman and Udall
From -New Mexico's two U.S. senators renewed their effort Thursday to set aside more than 530 square miles along the state's border with Mexico as wilderness and as a national conservation area. This marks the second time Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall have tried to push the measure through Congress. The legislation includes compromises reached last year after opponents raised concerns about the ability of law enforcement to access the area. "This bill strikes the right balance between securing our border and protecting treasured landscapes like the Organ Mountains for generations to come," Udall said in a written statement. The Democratic senators are seeking to protect the Organ Mountains east of Las Cruces and the Potrillo Mountains just north of the Mexican border in Dona Ana County. The legislation would establish 241,000 acres of wilderness and a 100,000-acre national conservation area.  More News New Mexico


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