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Heinrich raises concerns over interior secretary's monument report

KOB.com Web Staff
September 20, 2017 06:07 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The nation's interior secretary wants changes for a pair of national monuments in New Mexico, but Sen. Martin Heinrich on Tuesday slammed the secretary's report as being full of inaccuracies.

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Secretary Ryan Zinke recommends changing how Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monuments are managed. Heinrich, D-N.M., said factual errors in the report include claims that roads have closed at Rio Grande del Norte, forcing ranchers to stop grazing.

Heinrich said Zinke got it wrong when he described Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as bordering Mexico. The senator also disputes Zinke's claims that hunting and fishing rights need more protections, especially in the Organ Mountains.

"Peterson's Hunting Magazine just last month listed that monument as one of the top 10 public land destination hunts in the nation for quail," he said.

The senator questioned whether local land managers were involved in the review process. The Bureau of Land Management responded that they were not.

Heinrich's office posted a video of him questioning the report. For mobile users, click here.

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