Economic and Community Benefits of New Mexico’s Roadless Areas

CSE estimates that New Mexico’s inventoried roadless areas on national forest lands generate tens of millions of dollars in economic benefits each year in the form of carbon sequestration, water filtration, backcountry recreation, game and non-game wildlife habitat, and scenery. We also found that counties with significant concentrations of roadless areas outperformed counties without by an average of 1.28% across four key economic performance measures. The study was prepared in support of Governor Bill Richardson’s successful petition to the Department of Agriculture for protection of roadless lands throughout New Mexico. Prepared for Forest Guardians, Santa Fe.