Economic Benefits

Healthy public lands are crucial to a healthy Northern New Mexico economy. According to a recent economic study, the establishment of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument could lead to an increase of approximately $15 million in regional economic activity. Read the full study here.

More than 150 local businesses support permanent protection for the Río Grande Del Norte area. The proposal also has the endorsement of the Taos Chamber of Commerce, the TaosGreen Chamber of Commerce, New Energy Economy, Partnership for Responsible Business, the Mora Valley Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio de Río Colorado Land Grant and the Taos County Commission.

Please see the following studies and a letter from a group of economists to President Obama for in-depth information about the beneficial effect of protecting public lands: