Heinrich legislation proposal to expand access to public lands

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich is proposing legislation to expand access to federal lands for hunting, fishing and other recreation.

Heinrich introduced the measure last week in Washington, D.C., and said it will require federal agencies to identify lands they manage that lack routes for public access. The agencies will have to develop a plan for access to those lands with a significant recreational potential.

Heinrich's legislation also would earmark federal funds to buy easements and rights-of-way from adjacent landowners willing to sell some of their property to provide roads or trails to reach otherwise inaccessible public lands.

National Wildlife Federation Director Jeremy Vesbach said the legislation could help open landlocked public lands for hunting, fishing, hiking and other recreation.

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