The comment period has been extended until November 26, 2012
The Bureau of Land Management has prepared a revised Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze and update BLM’s management of public lands in Bernalillo, Cibola, McKinley, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia Counties of central New Mexico. The public is invited to provide comments during the 90-day period.
The planning area consists of about 9.5 million acres of land within the six counties of central New Mexico. This includes about 744,387 acres of public surface lands and 3.4 million acres of Federal subsurface minerals managed by the Rio Puerco Field Office.
When approved, this RMP will replace the 1986 Rio Puerco RMP and subsequent amendments, and will guide the management of public lands administered by the Rio Puerco Field Office into the future.
During the public comment process on the Draft Resource Management Plan, the Bureau of Land Management recognized that some of the management prescriptions relating to minerals in the Placitas area were incorrectly displayed on the associated maps for the plan.
BLM has now clarified all such maps and has posted the updated maps. This includes updates for each of the action alternatives (B, C, and D) for leasable minerals, locatable minerals, and salable minerals. This includes Maps 36, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 44, 45, and 46.
Additionally, insets of the same maps, focusing on the management actions specific to the Placitas area, have also been posted. These maps are designated as Maps 36a, 37a, etc.
Copies of the Draft RMP/EIS are also available for review at the following BLM offices:
Rio Puerco Field Office
435 Montaño Road NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Grants Field Station
202 Smokey Circle
Grants, New Mexico
Copies of the Draft RMP/EIS are also available at public libraries in Gallup, Grants, Cuba, Moriarty, Los Lunas, Albuquerque (downtown), and Bernalillo.
Public comments on the Draft RMP/EIS will help the BLM formulate the Proposed RMP and Final EIS. Comments will be accepted through October 11, 2012. They may be submitted electronically at: NM_RPFO_Comments@blm.gov, or by mail to: Bureau of Land Management, Attention: Angel Martinez, 435 Montaño Road NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107.
The information sheets below give tips on making comments on the RMP/EIS.
Public meetings to provide an overview of the document, respond to questions, and take comments have been scheduled in the following communities:
August 27, Monday
University of New Mexico Campus
705 Gurley Avenue
August 29, Wednesday
Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center
1900 East Santa Fe Avenue
September 4, Tuesday
U.S. Forest Service, Cuba Ranger Station
Hwy 550 at CR11/Hwy 197
September 5, Wednesday
Moriarty Civic Center
September 10, Monday
Regional Transportation Center
101 Courthouse Road
Los Lunas, NM
September 12, Wednesday
Marriot Pyramid North
5151 San Francisco Road NE
September 17, Monday
Bernalillo High School Gym
250 Isidro Sanchez Road