Heinrich-Backed Laws To Enhance Outside Recreation Signed Into Regulation


US Senator Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, DC — US Senator Martin Heinrich (DN.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, celebrates bipartisan legislation he co-sponsored to digitize public mapping records to improve outdoor recreation and access to hunting and Improve Fishing for Athletes was signed by President Joe Biden.

That Law Modernizing Access to Our Public Land (MAPLand). will improve access to the country’s outdoor recreation opportunities by digitizing and standardizing map information such as access points and permitted uses on federal public lands.

“With our wide 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 the growth of our state’s recreation economy,” Heinrich said.

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

According to the Association of the Outdoor IndustryNew Mexico outdoor recreation generates $9.9 billion in consumer spending annually, supports nearly 100,000 jobs, generates $2.8 billion in wages and salaries, and generates approximately $623 million in state and local tax revenues.

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 public lands bill, the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act. This law included the bipartisan provisions of Senator Heinrich’s Sportsman Act, sponsored by Heinrich, to expand important conservation programs, and the HUNTING Act, a Heinrich-authored bill to require state government agencies to identify opportunities to develop new outdoor recreational opportunities on public lands for hunting and fishing.

The MAPLand Act, led by US Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Angus King (I-Maine), is also being led by US Senators Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) as well as Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine).

The MAPLand Act has the support of many conservationists and athletes, including Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, and Trout Unlimited.