Access Issues — Archives
- Carson National Forest Released Travel Management Environmental Assessment for 'West-side' Districts
- Cibola National Forest Releases Long-Awaited Mount Taylor Travel Management Environmental Assessment
- Mt Taylor Ranger District (Cibola National Forest) Releases Proposed Action for Managing Motorized Travel
- Mount Taylor Ranger District Travel Management Rule Starting Point Maps Available and Two More Public Meetings
- Comment Period Extended for Travel Planing for the Glade Run Recreation Area (aka Chokecherry Canyon)
- Rio Puerco (Albuquerque) Resource Management Plan Revision
Last Updated: December 19, 2008
The Rio Puerco Field Office is very busy sorting and cataloguing the comments collected during the Scoping period. The next step will be to publish them in a Scoping Report. The report will be posted on the Rio Puerco BLM website. The office has indicated that they will CONTINUE to take scoping comments up until such time that they start to put together the range of alternatives (sometime this fall). These additional scoping comments, while not in the Scoping Report, will be part of the permanent project record and WILL BE used to help formulate alternatives. Please let the office know what routes you use and what activities you enjoy so that they can consider those routes and activities in their plan formulation.
The BLM uses the Scoping Report as a guide to what the public is concerned about, and what land uses (like recreation) the public wants or doesn't want. The public's comments provide direction to the agency as it begins it's 3-4 years process of revising the Resource Management Plan (RMP). The RMP is the document that the BLM will then use to guide management of the Resource Area over the next 10-15 years. We submitted comments asking for roads and trails to be designated for motorized use. We also asked that the BLM continue its relationship with the New Mexico Observed Trials Association on the San Ysidro Observed Trials riding area. In addition to widespread casual motorized use, the OMG 100 ('Oh My Gawd') desert race, dune buggy races, and other events are held on the Rio Puerco BLM land. We want those special events to be permitted in the future.
The new RMP (Resource Management Plan policy manual) will eliminate all 'off-route' cross country travel. All future travel must be on designated roads, trails, and areas. The Rio Puerco managers have asked for our help in finding and GPS'ing roads and trails. There is going to be a lot of opportunity to do field work with them.
- Socorro Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement Finally Released!
NM State Legislation
- They Are At It Again! Congress Trying to Ram Through a 2010 Omnibus Lands Bill that AFFECTS NEW MEXICO OHV Access