Las Cruces Sun News: Their View: Federal bill would boost protection, use of public lands

That is why I was excited to learn that New Mexico’s U.S. senators, Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, have sponsored legislation to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Offshore drilling fees, rather than taxpayer dollars, fund the LWCF. These funds have been used to protect public lands and water resources, provide access to them for recreation, and create and enhance thousands of parks, playgrounds, ball fields, and trails and across the country.

In New Mexico, LWCF has been used to protect lands that help define our state including El Malpais and Petroglyph National Monuments.

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