In New Mexico, a variety of different special interests work together to degrade public land protections. One group, backed by a wealthy oil lawyer from Texas, successfully privatized many of New Mexico’s streams-- cutting off access to the public. At the same time, New Mexico’s Cattle Growers Association is taking money from the oil industry to challenge public lands protections.
Money Trails uncovers the groups that are fighting against public land protections in New Mexico as the mouthpieces for special interests that they truly are.
-Public land supports 99,000 jobs in New Mexico, generating $9.9 billion in consumer spending and $623 million in state and local tax revenue.
-New Mexico has 27,508,382 acres of federal public land including ten national monuments, vibrant landscapes, and millions of acres of federally-protected wilderness.
-New Mexico is home to Carlsbad Caverns National Park