Rio Grande River Gorge. Flickr- Tolka Rover
By Judith Kohler | 2.7.13
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) today announced its support for the decision by Rep. Ben Ray Luján and Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich to reintroduce legislation to permanently protect the Rio Grande del Norte region in Northern New Mexico.
Under their bill, a new National Conservation Area would be created encompassing a 236,000-acre area managed by the Bureau of Land Management in northern New Mexico. This area includes the Wild and Scenic Rio Grande River Gorge, the 10,093-foot Cerro de Yuta (Ute Mountain) and San Antonio Mountain, protecting important big game migratory corridors along the plateau. With broad local support, New Mexico congressional members have spent years leading efforts to protect these traditions only to be thwarted by congressional grid-lock and partisan posturing.