One of America’s best ideas has been the dedication of public lands for citizens to use — not only because of financially valuable resources but for their place in our collective history and traditions. Sportsmen (and women) have been among the staunchest fighters for continuing access and protection of these special places. That’s true, in part, because we have been able to experience firsthand, especially here in the West, hunting, fishing and other traditional outdoor pursuits over large areas of public lands.
Before the government shutdown, three bills had been introduced before Congress to help ensure continuing protection and access for the public. We hope that our delegation again may take up these matters of interest to New Mexicans.
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