January 11, 2023
Western Resource Advocates (WRA) issued the following statement to the release of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s FY24 Executive Budget Recommendation which announced the Land of Enchantment Legacy Fund, a conservation fund for state programs that protect and preserve the environment, including the River Stewardship Program, Healthy Soils Program, and Outdoor Equity Fund. Included under “Special Initiatives” in the report, Gov. Lujan Grisham recommended $75 million to support these programs over the next three to five years.
“The Land of Enchantment Legacy Fund will be a critical tool for New Mexico to achieve the state’s conservation, preservation, restoration, and climate resilience goals,” said Dr. Brittany Fallon, western lands senior policy manager at WRA. “New Mexico is home to one of the most diverse landscapes in the U.S., yet the state has no permanent source of conservation funding. This leaves millions of available federal funds on the table each year instead of being put to use in our communities.”
“In announcing the Land of Enchantment Legacy Fund, Gov. Lujan Grisham sets forth a vision to fund dramatically underfunded conservation and environmental programs throughout the state, while leveraging federal funds to have substantially larger impact,” Fallon concluded. “Thanks to dual leadership from the Governor and legislative champions, the fund is poised to infuse a meaningful amount of money into protecting and restoring the lands and waters that are vital to the cultural heritage and economic lives of New Mexicans.”