The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a Draft Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft RMP/Draft EIS) for the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument administered by the Las Cruces District Office in southern New Mexico. About 5,280 acres of land containing Paleozoic Era fossilized footprints, plants, and wood dating back approximately 280 million years ago, located 10 miles northwest of Las Cruces, New Mexico, is designated as the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument.
In 2009, Congress passed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act (Act) which designated the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument. The Act also requires that the Secretary of the Interior develop a comprehensive management plan for the long-term protection and management of the site.
This Draft RMP/Draft EIS is a comprehensive management plan for the long-term protection and management of the Monument. In the Draft RMP/Draft EIS are alternatives for the appropriate uses and management of the Monument, consistent with the provisions of the Act, which would replace the 1993 Mimbres RMP for this specific location. The four alternatives analyzed in detail in the Draft RMP/Draft EIS are Alternative A/No Action Alternative, which is a continuation of the existing management decisions and the Legislation; Alternative B, which emphasizes resource conservation and protection; and Alternative C, which strives to balance resource uses with protections; and Alternative D, which allows greater opportunity for resource use and development. As required by the Legislation, the existing designations of the Wilderness Study Area and Area of Critical Environmental Concern would remain within the Monument.
The comment period for the Draft RMP/Draft EIS is scheduled for 90 days beginning July 20, 2012. Comments can be submitted by any of the following methods:
- Email: BLM_NM_LCDO_Comments@blm.gov
- Fax: 575-525-4412
- Mail: BLM Las Cruces District Office, Attention: Lori Allen, 1800 Marquess Street, Las Cruces, NM 88005
You may also submit comments at a public meeting for the Draft RMP/Draft EIS on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Dona Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd., in Las Cruces, New Mexico. BLM staff will be on hand to answer questions and listen to your concerns.
Copies of the Draft RMP/Draft EIS are also available at the Las Cruces District Office at 1800 Marquess Street in Las Cruces.
For more information, contact Lori Allen at (575) 525-4454.