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Rio Puerco Resource Management Draft Plan and Environmental Impact Statement

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.

Mapping Clarification

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

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:, 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

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
5:00-7:00 pm 
University of New Mexico Campus
705 Gurley Avenue
Gallup, NM

August 29, Wednesday
5:00-7:00 pm 
Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center
1900 East Santa Fe Avenue
Grants, NM

September 4, Tuesday
5:00-7:00 pm 
U.S. Forest Service, Cuba Ranger Station
Hwy 550 at CR11/Hwy 197 
Cuba, NM

September 5, Wednesday
5:00-7:00 pm 
Moriarty Civic Center
202 Broadway
Moriarity, NM

September 10, Monday
5:00-7:00 pm 
Regional Transportation Center
101 Courthouse Road
Los Lunas, NM

September 12, Wednesday
5:00-7:00 pm 
Marriot Pyramid North
5151 San Francisco Road NE
Albuquerque, NM

September 17, Monday
6:00-8:00 pm 
Bernalillo High School Gym
250 Isidro Sanchez Road 
Bernalillo, NM

Rio Puerco Draft Resource Management Plan Cover 

Comment Period Extended to November 26, 2012

Notice of Printing Error
We have discovered, that on a few of our printed documents, an error was made in the correlation. This did not happen on all printed documents. The error is at page 4-32 and following that page is 4-91. Apparently, two segments that were hand-placed in between cardboard stubs were accidentally switched. All pages are there – just switched.

Federal Register Notices

News Release (7/13/2012)

Related Documents

Analysis of the Management Situation, 2009

Mineral Potential Report 2010

Reasonbly Foreseeable Development Scenario for Fluid Mineral Development, 2010

Public Scoping Summary Report, September 2008

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