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)
- 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
- STOP the Land Grab on Mt. Taylor
Last Updated: June 11, 2009
During the 2009 legislative session, YOUR EFFORTS made a huge difference in changing SB379. It is time to flex our influence again. NMOHVA believes that this issue is even more important and we ask that you take a few minutes to read this alert and then TAKE ACTION.
"Traditional Cultural Property" or TCP is a special designation granted by the New Mexico State Cultural Properties Review Committee. The designation gives special protection for a place that has a TCP designation.
In June, 2008, the NM State Cultural Properties Review Committee voted to give 435,000 acres in the Mt. Taylor area a "Temporary Emergency Traditional Cultural Property" designation. On June 5, 2009, the State Cultural Properties Review committee will vote again to determine if this temporary TCP designation will become permanent.
o We believe that designating almost a half million acres of public and private land on Mt. Taylor is an abuse of the TCP designation: The size of this designation is HUGE! The TCP continues to grow. Where will it STOP?!? TCP designations are meant to protect specific sites, not entire mountains.
o The TCP designation gives too much power to a specific religious group (tribes) at the expense of the rest of us.
o The Forest Service and state agencies has already demonstrated that they will let the temporary TCP change their minds about how they manage the area and issue permits for both public and private lands.
NMOHVA asks that you do three things:
1) Contact the State Cultural Properties Review committee and let them know that you oppose making the TCP permanent for Mt. Taylor. The email is:
Or send a letter to:
Cultural Properties Review Committee
C/o Historic Preservation Division
407 Galisteo St, Suite 236
Santa Fe, NM 87501
2) Contact your representatives and senators at BOTH the state and national level and let them know that the Mt. Taylor TCP is an abuse of the designation. Let them know you object to the state giving clear preference and power to the tribes based on their religious beliefs. Let your friends, family, and riding buddies know what is going on by forwarding this email to them.
3) This issue is vitally important for ALL New Mexicans. If the Mt. Taylor TCP becomes permanent, what would stop other groups from laying claim to huge chunks of the New Mexico landscape? NMOHVA supports proper protection for special places but this is a horrible abuse of the TCP.
Please do this today. You made a huge difference last time - Together we can do it again!