Support for Public Lands
New Mexican’s LOVE the outdoors and see value in the outdoor recreation economy.
- 33,500 direct jobs**
- $1.2 billion in wages and salaries**
- $4.8 billion in consumer spending annually**
- $2.3 billion to state GDP**
The numbers support the sentiment, in New Mexico outdoor recreation generates:
- 76% of New Mexican’s consider themselves an outdoor recreation enthusiast*
- 84% of New Mexican’s believe the outdoor recreation economy is important for New Mexico and the western US*
- 70% of New Mexican’s believe that ensuring opportunities for outdoor recreation is important*
These numbers are not slowing down, in New Mexico the outdoor recreation economy is growing faster than the overall state economy: between 2012 and 2017, GDP from outdoor recreation grew by 11% while overall state GDP grew by 4%**.
We are proud of the work we’re doing in collaboration with other conservation and economic development groups to defend and support New Mexico’s public lands, and to promote the outdoor recreation economy. Scroll down to see the various projects.
Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is one of our nation’s most successful conservation programs. It has benefitted all 50 states, including providing funding to protect some of New Mexico’s most beautiful outdoor spaces. LWCF has helped provide access to public lands for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities.
Since 1965, New Mexico has received more than $312 million dollars from LWCF for over 1,200 projects, which has funded everything from local playground equipment and ball fields to state park visitor facilities to the acquisition of land from willing sellers to establish and add to our National Parks, Forests, Monuments, and Wildlife Refuges. LWCF is funded from offshore oil and gas drilling royalties, meaning that none of it comes from taxpayer dollars.
LWCF was created in 1964, using revenues from the depletion of one natural resource – offshore oil and gas – to support the conservation of another precious resource – our land and water. Every year, $900 million in royalties paid by energy companies drilling for oil and gas on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) are put into this fund. But, Congress continues to break its own promise to the American people by diverting much of this funding to uses other than conserving our most important lands and waters.
The Partnership for Responsible Business works in collaboration with the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce, the Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce, and businesses across New Mexico businesses who support the permanent authorization and full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to amplify the economic and community benefits associated supporting and defending the LWCF.
- November 2, 2018 Reinstate Fund Conservation Program
- November 27, 2018 Air, Land and Water Won Big in the Midterm Election
- October 12, 2018 LWCF is Vital to Communities
- October 8m 2018 Support Reauthorization of Land and Water Fund
- Summer of 2018 LWCF Roadtrip Series
- May 8, 2018 Business Sign-on Letter: Permanent Authorization and Full Funding for LWCF
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument
The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument was established on May 21st, 2014, by Presidential Proclamation and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Monument includes 496,330 acres, and was established to protect significant prehistoric, historic, geologic, and biologic resources. The National Monument includes four distinct areas: The Organ Mountains, Desert Peaks, Potrillo Mountains, and Doña Ana Mountains.
The Partnership for Responsible Business worked in collaboration with the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce to amplify local businesses voices and bring together local businesses in support of establishing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. The local business community celebrated when the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument was designated by President Obama on May 21, 2014. For more information on the OMDP business initiatives, visit the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce website.
- Febraury 2,2018 Newspaper Ad Thanking Senators Udall and Heinrich, running in Las Cruces Sun News and Albuquerque Journal
- January 13, 2017 Business Sign-on letter to Ryan Zinke, Business Leaders Support National Monuments
- December 9, 2016 Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Infographic & Sally Jewel Welcome Ad
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument
Las Cruces and Doña Ana County
Salud! de Mesilla
Visit Classic New Mexico Homes
Visit Las Cruces
Organ Mountain Outfitters
Downtown Desert Yoga
Smart Living Team Business
Green Chile Paddy Wagon
Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument is an approximately 242,555-acre area of public lands in Taos County, New Mexico, proclaimed as a national monument on March 25, 2013 by President Barack Obama under the provisions of the Antiquities Act.
The Partnership for Responsible Business worked in collaboration with the Taos business groups to amplify local businesses voices and bring together local businesses in support for the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.