The New Mexico Wildlife Federation and other groups took out advertisements in newspapers around New Mexico today thanking Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham for her approval of the Wildlife Corridors Act.
The bill, SB228, was sponsored by Sen. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque. It calls for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the New Mexico Department of Transportation to identify areas around the state where wildlife crossing highways poses a risk to motorists. The bill directs the departments to take steps to reduce the dangers.
Jesse Deubel, executive director of the NMWF, said the governor’s action in signing the bill signals an important commitment by the state.
“A diverse coalition of organizations worked together with Sen. Stewart in supporting this legislation,” Deubel said. “We appreciate the governor’s action in signing this into law and anticipate it will increase safety for motorists and wildlife.”