Joe Biden signs bill to boost New Mexico’s outdoor recreation

Carlsbad’s famed hiking trails, fishing holes and desert vistas will be easier to access after a bill sponsored by New Mexico’s senior U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich was signed into law by President Joe Biden.

The Modernizing Access to our Public Land (MAPLand) Act was passed by the U.S. Senate last month before heading to President’s desk for signature.

The new law will call on federal agencies to digitize mapping information like access points to federal public land resources while also including information on permissible uses.

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It will help boost New Mexico’s growing outdoor recreation industry, Heinrich said, which will rely on improved access and awareness.