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GilaCliff Closed SignShutdown's Impact on Public Lands

The recent federal government shutdown placed New Mexico's public lands and wild places at risk. Thousands of employees at agencies like the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service were furloughed during the shutdown, meaning they could not provide the usual level of care and attention to New Mexico's public lands.

The implications to our resources could be far reaching if the shutdown continues. It's time to end the shutdown.

New Mexico Wild has created this one-stop shop where you will find everything you need to know about how the shutdown affects public lands throughout the state. Due to the scarcity of government information during the shutdown, we called on members of the public like you to help us gathering valuable information. Though the government has temporarily reopened, we are asking that you take photos of the public lands you visit that appear to have been affected by the shutdown. Please post these photos to your social media accounts and include the hashtag #OpenNMLands and tag @nmwilderness on Facebook and Instagram and @nmwild on Twitter. Your posts should detail the location of the photo and a brief description of the conditions you observe. This will help us continue to build our database on the condition of public lands throughout the state and keep the public informed. If you do not use social media, you may email photos and information you gather to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What is CLOSED During the Shutdown

All public lands have reopened under the three-week continuing resolution signed by President Trump. If the government shutdown resumes at the end of the continuing resolution on February 15, we will maintain a list of public lands impacted by the shutdown here.

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Report a Violation

Help make up for the understaffing on our public lands by being our eyes and ears. When you see violations or abuse in New Mexico’s designated Wilderness areas and other protected places, please let us know so we can report it to the responsible agency as soon as possible. Report a violation here

Take Action

Looking for a way to share your thoughts on how the shutdown is impacting our public lands? We have created a petition to tell the Trump administration to end the shutdown and fully staff the agencies that manage our public lands. Click below to sign!

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Complimentary New Mexico Wild Membership for Furloughed Employees

Are you an employee of one of the federal government agencies impacted by the shutdown? Have you been furloughed as a result? If so, we are offering a free, one-year membership to New Mexico Wild. Simply fill out this form to receive your complimentary membership!

Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation in New Mexico

The outdoor recreation economy in New Mexico generates $9,900,000,000 in consumer spending annually, $2,800,000,000 in wages and salaries, and $623,000,000 in state and local tax revenues, and directly employes 99,000 people, according to data gathered by the Outdoor Industry Association. New Mexico's economy clearly depends on outdoor recreation and access to our public lands.

New Mexico also relies heavily on the federal government. Recent data gathered by WalletHub found that New Mexico is more negatively impacted by the current shutdown than any other state. New Mexico receives the fourth-highest amount of federal contract dollars, and has the third-highest percentage of population receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

Simply put, New Mexico cannot afford a government shutdown.

BLM Drilling During Shutdown

New Mexico Wild got word that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was approving oil and gas lease sales and permits during the shutdown despite being unable to conduct federally-required environmental reviews. We teamed up with 5 other organizations to ask them to postpone these activities until proper reviews can resume. You can read the full letter here.

PRESS RELEASE: New Mexico Wild tells BLM to postpone oil and gas lease salesNew Mexico Wild tells BLM to postpone oil and gas lease sales

Images Submitted by Members

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Tree cut down in Gila National Forest

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Tree cut down in Gila National Forest

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Tree cut down in Gila National Forest

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Tsankawi Trail closed in Bandelier National Monument