U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
BLM California Virtual Visitor: New Mexico
Introduction and highlights of BLM in other states
Welcome to the third installment of this News.Bytes feature, created to mark the 60th anniversary of BLM's creation as a national agency. In California, there are 15.2 million acres of BLM public lands for you to use, share, and appreciate. Nationwide, BLM is responsible for 258 million acres, mostly in the 12 western States, including Alaska, and for 700 million acres of subsurface mineral estate. Over the next few months, we will feature another BLM state (or in some cases, a group of states), providing you with a sampling of a particular office's specialties and areas of concentration, and links to more information.
Highlights of exploring with BLM New Mexico:
Recreation: New Mexico BLM showcases high desert treasures and backcountry adventures for all outdoor travelers. Visitor centers offer learning opportunities through BLM educational programs. In the New Mexico outback, visitors can experience a closeness to nature, and find enough excitement to satisfy any outdoor enthusiast.
Roam other BLM New Mexico recreation sites, from their Outdoor Recreation page. Click on the map of New Mexico or the text links on the page, to visit various parts of the state. Follow links from these pages to "visit" their recreation areas - many with photo galleries...
More wilderness areas: Capping 15 years of intensive effort by BLM and the general public, the Secretary of Interior transmitted BLM’s New Mexico Wilderness recommendations to the President on October 18, 1991. The 23 areas recommended for designation stretch from the beautiful pine covered cliffs and mesas of northern New Mexico’s Rio Chama to the striking spires and pinnacles of the Organ Mountains in southern New Mexico. BLM New Mexico currently manages four designated wilderness areas totaling 156,708 acres of public land.
Minerals: BLM's New Mexico State Office manages a four-state area (New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas) that contains over 47 million acres of federal mineral estate and over 2 million acres of American Indian mineral estate. New Mexico received $573 million as its share of federal mineral revenues in Fiscal Year 2006, according to the Department of Interior’s Minerals Management Service. The total represents a 29 percent increase over last year’s $444 million in federal mineral revenues.
Cadastral Survey: In addition to conducting surveys to meet BLM land management needs, the BLM’s New Mexico State Office completes Cadastral Surveys for Indian Tribes, the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and other federal agencies in the four-state region. Along with the growing demands placed on public lands, complex landownership patterns make the importance of accurate boundaries more important today than ever before. Clearly defined boundaries provide public land managers and the American people with essential information needed to identify rights and privileges and make the best land decisions. BLM’s Cadastral Survey helps identify critical environmental management areas, legally describe lands for leasing or conveyance purposes, and private rights.
Learn about other BLM New Mexico programs on the What We Do page. For instance:
BLM’s Rangeland Management Program focuses on improving livestock grazing practices to promote healthy ecosystems. Today’s BLM is working to improve the ecological condition of New Mexico’s public lands. BLM is managing rangeland use to prevent and control the spread of invasive plant species, maintain diverse natural plant communities, improve wildlife habitat, reduce erosion, and improve water quality. BLM is also working to maintain or restore riparian areas in proper functioning condition.
Paleontological Resources: New Mexico has a fossil record that includes almost all of the geologic periods. Many of New Mexico’s fossil deposits are internationally significant, and nearly 1,000 different kinds of fossils were first found in New Mexico. These fossils play an important role in the study of past life and its environment. They contribute significantly to our scientific knowledge and provide an outstanding opportunity to educate the public.
Wildlife: BLM New Mexico manages the public lands to provide suitable habitat for fish, wildlife, and special status species of plants and animals. New Mexico also boasts a broad diversity of wildlife with 479 bird species and 147 mammal species verified or reliably recorded in the state. Reptiles (91 species), fish (69 species), and amphibians (25 species) also abound along with thousands of species of invertebrates, including mollusks and crustaceans.
Wild Horse and Burro Program: To locate good homes for the animals, BLM New Mexico/Oklahoma sponsors adoptions throughout a four-state area (New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas). Through this program, a horse or burro in the Nevada desert may find itself grazing in a pasture in Texas or trail riding in Oklahoma. The horses and burros are in need of good homes to prevent overgrazing of the land and starvation of the animals. In addition animals play a vital role in the lives of the adopters. See the 2007 wild horse and burro adoption schedule for New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.
Noxious Weeds: The spread of noxious weeds is on the rise, and New Mexico is beginning to see increases in occurrences of some of these noxious invaders. BLM is working in cooperation with federal and state agencies, county governments, and private landowners to identify and control these invasive plants before they degrade ecosystems and damage land productivity. Through inventories and weed prevention practices, BLM is helping to eliminate noxious weeds in New Mexico.
You can also search for recreation opportunities in New Mexico, or view maps highlighting recreation areas, at the Public Lands Information Center for New Mexico.
|USA.gov | No Fear Act | DOI | Disclaimer | About BLM | Notices | Get Adobe Reader®|