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More Wilderness on the Carson National Forest?
Carson National Forest Starts SCOPING for Forest Plan Revision
NMOHVA Has Appealed the Questa Ranger District Travel Management Decision
Questa Ranger District Travel Management Environmental Assessment Released for Comment
NMOHVA and Town of Red River Co-Sign Travel Management Comments
Carson National Forest Released Travel Management Environmental Assessment for 'West-side' Districts
Carson National Forest Releases Draft EA for Jicarilla District for 30 Day Comment Period
Carson National Forest to Provide Full Travel Management EA's for Public Comment
Carson National Forest Releases Proposed Action for Travel Management for Questa District
Carson National Forest Releases Proposed Action for Travel Management on Four Districts


Get Involved - Next Step in the Cibola National Forest "Forest Plan Revision"
Draft Decision for Magdalena Travel Management Released
Cibola National Forest Starts SCOPING for Forest Plan Revision
Public Comment Period Starts for the Magdalena Ranger District Travel Management
Cibola National Forest Releases Revised Mountainair District Travel Management EA
NMOHVA Wins Appeal!
Cibola National Forest Releases Long-Awaited Mount Taylor Travel Management Environmental Assessment
Forest Service Proposes to Close 500 Miles of Roads in Magdalena Ranger District
Forest Service Proposes to Close 83% of Roads in Manzano & Gallinas Mountains
Cibola Annouces Start of Magdalena District Travel Management Planning
Mountainair Ranger District Travel Management Proposed Action Now Available
Mt Taylor Ranger District (Cibola National Forest) Releases Proposed Action for Managing Motorized Travel
Sandia DistrictTravel Management Decision Notice is Released!
Press Release 0801 - NMOHVA Reacts to Sandia Ranger District Travel Management Decision Notice
Cibola NF Mt Taylor District has posted 'Starting Point' maps
Mount Taylor Ranger District Travel Management Rule Starting Point Maps Available and Two More Public Meetings
Mt. Taylor Ranger District Kicking Off Collaborative Process on Travel Management Rule


Gila National Forest Announces Community Meetings for Assessment Process
NMOHVA Files Appeal on Gila Travel Management Decision
Gila National Forest Announces Travel Management Decision
Gila National Forest Releases Travel Management Draft EIS



Santa Fe

Santa Fe National Forest Announces Dates for "Assessment Meetings"
NMOHVA Board Votes to Appeal Federal Court's Decision
Judge Rules Against NMOHVA
Santa Fe National Forests Forest Plan Revision Meetings
Lawsuit Schedule Resumes - Court of Appeals Grants Intervener Status to Greens
Judge DENIES Intervener Status to "Big Green" in the NMOHVA Lawsuit
NMOHVA Files Opening Brief on Historic Travel Management Lawsuit
NMOHVA Wins Struggle Over Lawsuit Documents
NMOHVA on the Radio - Listen to a Recording of the Broadcast
Lawsuit Update 4/17/13
NMOHVA Files Lawsuit Against Santa Fe National Forest Travel Management Decision
Jemez Springs and Acequia Coalition Join NMOHVA Appeal against Forest Closures
SFNF Decision Closes 70% of Existing Roads and Trails
All Quiet…..But Far From Over
Forest Service Proposes to Close Over Half of Santa Fe National Forest Roads
NMOHVA Responds to NM EMNRD's SJM40 Survey
Albuquerque Journal Prints NMOHVA Responses
Santa Fe National Forest Travel Management Plan Scoping has Ended! Now What?
Santa Fe National Forest FINALLY Provides Documents Under FOIA



Carlsbad BLM Starts Revision of Resource Management Plan with Public Scoping Period


Successful Protest Against Taos BLM Closures & Land Swap
NMOHVA Protests Taos BLM's Land Deal with Local Pueblo
Comment Period Extended for Travel Planing for the Glade Run Recreation Area (aka Chokecherry Canyon)

Last Updated: October 2, 2011

The Farmington BLM has extended the comment period for the Resource Management Plan (RMP) Amendment and associated Environmental Assessment for the Glade Run Recreation Area. The public now has until September 30th, 2011 to submit their comments during the official scoping period.

The purpose of the scoping process is to help the BLM determine which issues it will explore and what alternatives it will develop for consideration. The BLM has never made any serious attempt to implement the last management plan. Now they claim that 'changes' in the use and increased 'user conflicts' require a 'new' and more restrictive plan for motorized use.

What is the Glade Run Recreation Area?

The Glade Run Recreation Area is over 20,000 acres of prime slickrock and juniper/pinon covered canyons immediately northwest of the City of Farmington in the Four Corners area of the southwest. The Glade Run Recreation Area is probably better known as Chokecherry Canyon. Chokecherry Canyon is generally recognized as one of the premier extreme rock crawling locations in the world. It has received international acclaim from extensive media coverage and from its frequent use on the national rock crawling competition circuit. It is also the home of great single track motorcycle/mountain bike and ATV trails.

What does this mean?

This means that the BLM is considering changing OHV designations in the Glade Run Recreation Area on the northwest corner of Farmington. The BLM is considering making changes to OHV area designations and a travel network of routes for specified uses within the planning area. This means that they are considering additional limits on who can ride where and what vehicles will be allowed in what areas and on what trails.

Why is this important?

Non-motorized users of the area have been putting pressure on the BLM to further restrict or remove motorized use from areas in the Glade. The City of Farmington (with support from land owners who own private land nearby) is trying to acquire land for future growth of the City. Quite frankly, the opposition to motorized use in the Glade has been loud and the BLM is starting to listen. We need to make sure that they hear from all of the motorized users out there also. Scoping is the start of your official opportunity to let the BLM know how important the Glade/Chokecherry is to motorized recreation.

What is Scoping and what should my comments say?

Scoping comments are to let the BLM know what concerns the public has about motorized use in this area and what they want to see considered in any changes to the current management. There is no formal 'structure' required for the comments. Tell them what you like to do at the Glade/Chokecherry, why the Glade/Chokecherry is important to you, what type of management changes you would like to see, etc. BLM will announce the dates and locations of any scoping meeting at least 15 days in advance through the local media and at the BLM Farmington Field Office website .

Scoping comments must be submitted by August 14, 2011. Comments may be submitted by email to:

By fax to: 505-599-8999, Attention: Outdoor Recreation Planner;

By mail to:

Attention: Outdoor Recreation Planner 1235 La Plata Highway Farmington, New Mexico 87401

For further information, please contact Janelle Alleman, Outdoor Recreation Planner, at 505-599-8944 or at

NMOHVA will keep our members and the public informed as the BLM moves this project through the NEPA process. Watch the NMOHVA website and future access alerts for more information.

Notice of Intent Published in Federal Register on July 15th

Preserve OHV USE in the Glade Run Recreation Area (aka Chokecherry Canyon) at Farmington
Taos BLM Releases their Draft Resource Management Plan for YOUR Review and Comment

Las Cruces

NMOHVA Brings NEPA Comments Seminar to Southern NM's Farm and Ag Organizations
Las Cruces BLM Undertakes 'Prehistoric Trackways National Momument' Plan
Blue Ribbon Magazine Highlights Innovative Land Use Bill Introduction

Rio Puerco

Rio Puerco (Albuquerque) Resource Management Plan Revision


Socorro Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement Finally Released!

Proposed Wilderness


Proposed Trackways National Monument

NM State Legislation

Help NMOHVA Stop the Legislative Thievery!
NM Association of Counties Oppose Forest Service Travel Management
Wrap-Up: The 2009 Legislative Session is History
SB 379 Status: A Different Committee and Another List of Senators to Call
OHV Regulation Bill (SB379) Introduced TODAY!
State Agencies Release OHV Report


Forest Service

Southwestwestern Colorado Single-Track Threatened


Forest Service


The End of Southern?
NMOHVA Appeal Rejected by Forest Service
They Are At It Again! Congress Trying to Ram Through a 2010 Omnibus Lands Bill that AFFECTS NEW MEXICO OHV Access
NMOHVA Files Appeals on Travel Management Plans
STOP the Land Grab on Mt. Taylor
Governor Richardson Signs SB379 into Law