ROSWELL, NM (KRQE) – A county in southeast New Mexico passed a resolution Thursday expressing its opposition to the governor’s 30-by-30 plan. The governor signed an executive order to protect 30% of New Mexico’s land and water by 2030. A district commission believes the governor’s plan could destroy the state economy and take private land away from people.
“The Chaves County’s Board of Commissioners opposes the use of global climate change as an excuse to make large tracts of land available as wildlife sanctuaries or open spaces to meet the 30 by 30 program goals,” said Will Cavin, District 5 commissioner of Chaves County as you read the county dissolution.
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“The Board supports the continued private ownership of land in the county and recognizes the land’s need for domestic resources of minerals, energy, wood, food and firewood,” read Cavin.
There is also a greater concern about where the country will come from. The county says the plan is not clear on whether the land will come from public land across the state and country or from private land. Jeff Bilberry, District 3 Commissioner, says this is not fair to the owners of this property.
“I mean, we are against anything that threatens private land or private property rights, even the rights of Chaves County or New Mexico citizens. If they go and come on public land, we don’t want them to be handicapped, ”said Bilberry.
The commission says the plan fails to recognize that New Mexico’s economy depends on the use of public land. The New Mexico State Land Office manages trust land that grossed over $ 1 billion in revenue for the state in 2020. County manager Bill Williams says this will have more of an impact than people expect.
“When they take a bunch of this land and say there is no more mineral exploration, there is no more oil and gas, there are no more uses, there are no more pastures. What does this mean for our local economy? What does that mean for our state economy? ”Said Williams.
The board of directors says that land should only be acquired by willing landowners and against payment of the full and fair market value. The Chaves County Commission passed a similar resolution after Pres. Biden has issued a similar implementing regulation. KRQE News 13 called the governor’s office for a response to the resolution but received no response.