Conservation and Environmental Stewardship

Conservation is a Udall family tradition. During his time in Congress, Tom has proudly carried on this legacy, fighting to protect New Mexico’s beautiful, unique landscapes for future generations.

Tom has fought to enforce landmark environmental laws like the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Protection Act. He also authored and successfully passed legislation to protect the Valle Vidal in the Carson National Forest and the Sabinoso Wilderness Act, which designated 16,000 acres of new wilderness San Miguel County.

And thanks to Tom’s efforts, the Río Grande Del Norte National Conservation Area in the northern part of our state has been granted monument status by the White House. As a permanently protected monument, it will spur economic progress and local job creation through tourism, while preserving one of New Mexico’s most beautiful landscapes.

Along with fellow members of the New Mexico delegation, Tom is also leading the effort to gain wilderness designations for the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Wilderness in Southern New Mexico.

The people of New Mexico know that water is a precious resource that is increasingly scarce. Tom is committed to finding cooperative solutions to water shortages and conflicts. And he’s working to ensure that our rivers and streams are healthy to support fishing, recreation and biodiversity. He’s also committed to making sure our communities receive much needed investments to ensure a safe water supply and for critical infrastructure like wastewater treatment plants.

Tom’s focus on our environmental well-being reaches far beyond the borders of New Mexico. He’s supported protection of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and a strong and healthy National Park System all across the country. He is also a founder of the bipartisan International Conservation Caucus.

America’s environment belongs to all of us, and Tom is committed to making sure it is protected for future generations.