NM needs $9 million to access federal funds for wildlife restoration

It would take $9 million a year for New Mexico to get the money to conserve endangered species and plants and prevent federal restrictions on land access.

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) introduced the Restoration of Wildlife of America (RAWA) Act last year to allocate $1.4 billion annually to state wildlife management agencies and indigenous peoples to restore habitats and species across the country.

It was passed by the US House of Representatives earlier this year, and then moved to the Senate for a vote with many lawmakers expecting the bill to pass due to broad bipartisan support.

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Records show that the House version has 152 sponsors from the Democratic Party, and 42 sponsors from the Republican Party. In the Senate, Heinrich’s version had 25 Democratic sponsors, 16 Republicans, and one independent.

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