The New Mexico Wildlife Federation applauds the Senate passage of the Cerro del Yuta and San Antonio Wilderness Act, introduced by New Mexico Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, earlier this year.
The bill, which passed with unanimous, bipartisan support in a Senate vote yesterday, would create additional wilderness protections in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, affording sportsmen and women and outdoor recreationists unmatched opportunities to enjoy this pristine part of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument for generations to come.
“News about The Cerro del Yuta and Rio San Antonio Wilderness designation is very exciting,” said Nick Streit, owner of Taos Fly Shop, and a Rio Grande del Norte fishing guide. “While there is much hunting and fishing that is easily accessible in the Monument, we look forward to having more wilderness area where wildlife can thrive. We applaud Senators Heinrich and Udall for pushing this over the line.”
The House of Representatives must now approve similar legislation to enact these added protections for the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. The New Mexico Wildlife Federation strongly encourages New Mexico’s Congressional delegation to support a House version of this legislation.