Reps. Angelica Rubio, Joanne Ferrary Recognize the Role of Hispanic New Mexicans in Conservation

Reps. Angelica Rubio, Joanne Ferrary Recognize the Role of Hispanic New Mexicans in Conservation

Santa Fe, NM – Today, HM 37, sponsored by Rep. Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces) and Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces), passed the House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee. The memorial recognizes the role of Hispanic New Mexicans in protecting and preserving the land, water, and wildlife across the country, but particularly in New Mexico.

“Hispanic New Mexicans are traditionally conservationists—from hunting and fishing to our respect for our water, we have a culture of conservation in New Mexico. We are proud to recognize these contributions and thank our Hispanic communities for the stamp they leave on our state,” said Rep. Angelica Rubio.

“The people who have been advocating for the protection of our land for hundreds of years deserve a much greater role in the decision making process in relation to public lands. We need to make sure that we prioritize the representation of Hispanic peoples and honor their efforts,” said Rep. Joanne Ferrary.

HM 37 recognizes the long history of Hispanic New Mexicans engagement and respect for our land, air, and water. Despite Hispanics being the largest single ethnic group in New Mexico, they are underrepresented among the institutions and entities that manage our state’s public lands. The memorial would encourage all New Mexicans to engage in outdoor recreation and programs that connect them to the land.

The bill now heads to the House Floor for consideration.