Thank you, Senators Udall and Heinrich!

Gila River | Photo by Michael Melford

Recently, Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced the M.H. “Dutch” Salmon Greater Gila Wild and Scenic River Act, which would protect portions of the Gila and San Francisco rivers and their tributaries as Wild and Scenic. The introduction comes after a groundswell of support from Tribes, sportsmen and women, veterans, small business owners, faith and civic organizations, local municipalities and governments, and outdoor recreation and conservation organizations.

The Gila and San Francisco rivers and their tributaries make up one of the largest undammed watersheds in the Lower 48 states. These rivers support endangered species, outdoor recreation economies, and farmers and communities that depend on their clean and clear water. This legislation, derived from a community-led proposal, calls for protecting over 440 miles of these rivers as Wild and Scenic to ensure they remain an invaluable resource for generations to come, preserving traditional and current use of the rivers, while safeguarding critical wildlife habitat and growing New Mexico’s sustainable outdoor recreation economy.

Tell Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich thank you, and encourage them to move the bill through Congress.

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