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10th Anniversary Celebration of the National Conservation Lands


The Bureau of Land Management's National Conservation Lands contain some of the West's most spectacular landscapes.  National Conservation Lands within New Mexico include 2 national conservation areas, 2 national monuments, 2 wild and scenic rivers, 2 national historic trails, 1 national scenic trail, 5 wilderness areas, and 58 wilderness study areas. Click here for more specific information of New Mexico units.  

The mission of National Conservation Lands is to conserve, protect and restore nationally significant landscapes recognized for their outstanding cultural, ecological, and scientific values.  These are places that have drawn people to the West for generations.  The New Mexico BLM is pleased to be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of National Conservation Lands by hosting a series of events across the state of New Mexico. Please join us in celebrating these special places.


Events in New Mexico 

October 30, 2010, 11 a.m.
El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail Dedication Ceremony


Join us to dedicate two trails that interpret the history of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail as it crosses the Jornada del Muerto. The Jornada del Muerto was the longest waterless stretch of the trail between El Paso de Norte (now Juarez, Mexico) and Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The journey over the "Dead Man's Crossing" took wagon caravans three days. Travellers often pushed hard through the night and took what shelter they could from the sun during the heat of the day.

The Bureau of Land Management and its trail administration partner, the National Park Service, have developed two interpretive trails, one at the major trail landmark of Point of Rocks and one that gives access to a two mile hike along the historic trail itself, up to Yost Escarpment. The event will include introductory remarks by lead managers and attendees, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and guided and self-guided tours of the new trails. We will be joined by partners from El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Trail Association, Dona Ana and Sierra Counties, Spanish colonial period military and civilian reenactors, representatives from our congressional delegations, and others.

For more information, contact Veronica Maldonado at 505.954.2169.
Click here for the invitation flyer.
Click here for maps and directions. 


 Past Events

November 14, 2009 – 10:00 to 1:00
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

Join us in celebrating the completion of the southernmost portion of the Continental Divide Trail and the citing of a monument at its terminus on the border with Mexico. The celebration will also highlight the 10th anniversary of the National Conservation Lands (of which the CDT is a unit) and the 31st anniversary of the establishment of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. There will be displays featuring the trail, a recognition of the volunteer contributions to the trail, speakers, and a barbecue lunch provided. This celebration is being sponsored by the Continental Divide Trail Alliance.  Location: Eight miles west of Hachita, New Mexico on Highway 9 where the Continental Divide Trail crosses the highway.

Contact: Tom Phillips at Tom_Phillips@nm.blm.gov or 575-525-4377

Click here to view a slideshow from the event.

May 1, 2010
Cebolla Wilderness, El Malpais National Conservation Area - Rio Puerco Field Office
Join us for the Aldridge Petroglyph & Fossil Hike, part one of 2010 "Walking with the Ancestors."  The hike will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the BLM Ranger Station off of Highway 117 (9 miles south of Exit 89 off of I-40).

Contact:  BLM Ranger Station, 505-280-2918

May 2, 2010
Cebolla Wilderness, El Malpais National Conservation Area - Rio Puerco Field Office
Hike the Narrow's Rim Trail, 8 miles round trip with great views of lava flows, sandstone cliffs and La Ventana Arch.  The hike will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the BLM Ranger Station off of Highway 117 (9 miles south of Exit 89 off of I-40).

Contact:  BLM Ranger Station, 505-280-2918

May 8, 2010
El Malpais National Conservation Area - Rio Puerco Field Office

Join us for this Climb a Volcano Hike and see the birds, plants, and rocks of Cerro Brillante.  The hike will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the BLM Ranger Station off of Highway 117 (9 miles south of Exit 89 off of I-40).

Contact:  BLM Ranger Station, 505-280-2918

May 9, 2010
Cebolla Wilderness, El Malpais National Conservation Area - Rio Puerco Field Office
May 9th is International Migratory Bird Day.  Join us for a birding program and exploration.  The hike will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the BLM Ranger Station off of Highway 117 (9 miles south of Exit 89 off of I-40).

Contact:  BLM Ranger Station, 505-280-2918

May 15, 2010
El Malpais National Conservation Area - Rio Puerco Field Office

Join us for this Climb a Volcano Hike and see the birds, plants & rocks of Cerro Rendija.  The hike will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the National Park Service information center off of Highway 53.

Contact:  BLM Ranger Station, 505-280-2918

May 16, 2010
Cebolla Wilderness, El Malpais National Conservation Area - Rio Puerco Field Office
Hike to a homestead! Explore the lives of the hearty folks in our recent past.  The hike will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the BLM Ranger Station off of Highway 117 (9 miles south of Exit 89 off of I-40).

Contact:  BLM Ranger Station, 505-280-2918

May 24-28, 2010
A Decade of Discovery National Conservation Lands Science Symposium - Albuquerque, N.M.
Please join us on May 24-28, 2010, at the Decade of Discovery Science Symposium in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  This spectacular and eclectic anniversary event is in celebration of  the 10th Anniversary of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) National Conservation Lands.  The symposium is designed to share scientific information, discuss science and management applications, highlight the purposes for the designations, and promote the National Landscape Conservation System as a place to conduct science.  Director Bob Abbey will be the keynote speaker Tuesday evening. Other notable keynote speakers will be Scott Sampson, paleontologist and author of Dinosaur Odyssey and Barbara Pahl, from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

With over 130 presentations, the symposium offers a broad spectrum of subject matter and findings, ranging from National Conservation Land management and planning; archeology; biology, restoration, and monitoring; paleontology; history; national scenic and historic trails; visual resources; geology; wilderness; wild and scenic rivers; to recreation.  For registration and information go to: www.blm.gov/nlcs

Contact: Theresa Herrera, Public Affairs
New Mexico State Office, 301 Dinosaur Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87508
Theresa_Herrera@blm.gov
505-954-2021

July 9-11, 2010
Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River – Taos Field Office
Join the BLM at the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River in a statewide celebration of the National Landscape Conservation System in New Mexico.  Special emphasis will be placed on the Rio Grande WSR.  Also included will be an overview of the 72 National Conservation Land units in New Mexico, including photography, maps, information, and artwork.  The event will include activities, entertainment, and presentations.  Please check back for further information as plans are finalized.

Contact:  Pamela Herrera-Olivas, 505 751-4748

Saturday, August 14, 2010
El Malpais National Conservation Area - Rio Puerco Field Office
Hike to the Dittert Archeological Site - Chacoan outlier? Closer to Mogollon influence?  Explore two great southwestern ancestral cultures.  Decide if this is where they met, whether they got along, and why they chose here.  Visit Armijo homestead.  See how well moderns survived.  Hike five miles off trail in four hours, climb 600 feet.  Meet at 9:00 am at the BLM Ranger Station parking lot off of Hwy 117.  Caravan 30 miles south, then five miles on dirt. Bring three quarts of water, sturdy shoes, lunch, protection from the elements, and (optional) binoculars, compass, camera, hiking poles. For more info contact:  505.280.2918 or  PYoder@BLM.gov, 505.287.6607. 

Saturday, August 21, 2010
El Malpais National Conservation Area - Rio Puerco Field Office

Hike to Cerro Brillante - Cerro Brillante blew big.  Explore how much survived, the lovely landform it created, as well as the great habitat for trees and critters.  Enter the exposed core.  Scramble up the cone by the least slippery path.  Hike off trail two miles in four hours, climb 600 steep feet.  Meet at 9:00 am at the BLM Ranger Station parking lot off of Hwy 117.  Caravan 32 miles south, then 10 miles on dirt. Bring three quarts of water, sturdy shoes, lunch, protection from the elements, and (optional) binoculars, compass, camera, hiking poles.  For more info contact: 505.280.2918 or PYoder@BLM.gov, 505.287.6607.

Sunday, August 22, 2010
El Malpais National Conservation Area - Rio Puerco Field Office
Hike to a Homestead! - Accompany a Ranger, and hike into the past.  Approximately five miles round trip hiking with less than 150 ft elevation gain will take you from present day life to the times of the pioneers.  Learn about these hearty, resourceful people and the lives they carved out for themselves.  Bring a sack lunch to eat when we arrive at the homestead site.  Meet at the El Malpais NCA Ranger Station at 9:00 a.m.  From I-40 take exit 89 and travel nine miles south on Hwy 117 to get to the Ranger Station.  From here we will caravan to the trail head.  Bring your lunch, sunscreen, good walking shoes or boots, and plenty of water.  Authentic period clothing encouraged, but not required!  For more info contact, 505-280-2918 or Jennifer Schramm at 505-287-6602.

Saturday, August 28, 2010
El Malpais National Conservation Area - Rio Puerco Field Office
Hike to the Aldridge Petroglyphs - Discover this large petroglyph-covered outcrop inside the Cebolla Wilderness.  Hike two miles off trail in four hours, climb 250 feet.  Delve into the wonders of geology and wisdom of the ancestors.  Try your hand at navigation with a map and compass (loaners available).  Test your tracking and awareness skills.  Meet at 9:00 am at the BLM Ranger Station parking lot off of Highway 117.  Caravan 30 miles south.  Bring three quarts of water, sturdy shoes, lunch, and protection from the elements.  Optional:  binoculars, compass, camera, hiking poles.  For more info contact, 505.280.2918 or PYoder@BLM.gov, 505.287.6607.

Saturday, September 4, 2010
El Malpais National Conservation Area - Rio Puerco Field Office
Hike the BLM Ranger Station Nature Trail - This 1.3 mile two hour easy stroll climbing 200 feet seems tame; but it traverses rocks of the wildest climatic changes in our planet's last 150 million years.  Walk into the time of dinosaurs and see firsthand the evidence for a major shift from hot deserts to even hotter seas.  Meet at 10:00 am at the BLM Ranger Station parking lot off Highway117.  Stroll easy.  Look for bear sign.  Fun for all ages.  Bring one quart of water, sturdy shoes, protection from the elements.  Optional:  binoculars, camera, hiking poles.  For more info contact, 505.280.2918 or PYoder@BLM.gov, 505.287.6607.

Sunday, September 5, 2010
El Malpais National Conservation Area - Rio Puerco Field Office
Hike to a Homestead! - Accompany a Ranger and hike into the past.  Approximately five miles round trip hiking with less than 150 ft elevation gain will take you from present day life to the times of the pioneers.  Learn about these hearty, resourceful people and the lives they carved out for themselves.  Bring a sack lunch to eat when we arrive at the homestead site.  Meet at the El Malpais NCA Ranger Station at 9:00 a.m.  From I-40 take exit 89 and travel nine miles south on Hwy 117 to get to the Ranger Station.  From here we will caravan to the trail head.  Bring your lunch, sunscreen, good walking shoes or boots, and plenty of water.  Authentic period clothing encouraged, but not required!  For more info contact 505-280-2918 or Jennifer Schramm at 505-287-6602.

September 10-19, 2010 
New Mexico State Fair

New Mexico's Treasured Landscapes - Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the National Landscape Conservation System.  Stop by and visit the BLM at the New Mexico State Fair.  We will be presenting an overview of the National Conservation Land units in New Mexico, including photography and information.  There will be handouts and bric-a-brac to take home with you, while supplies last.  
 
Contact: Theresa Herrera, Public Affairs
New Mexico State Office, 301 Dinosaur Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87508
Theresa_Herrera@blm.gov
505-954-2021

Friday, September 24, 2010
Sierra Ladrones Wilderness Study Area - Socorro Field Office

BLM staff will lead a hike in this mountainous WSA to discuss wilderness, geology, fossils, and wildlife.  Meeting place will be the town of Bernardo at 10am.  Please call Kevin Carson to make a reservation.  Maximum group size is 15 people. 
 
Contact: Kevin Carson
Socorro Field Office, 901 S. Highway 85, Socorro, NM 87801
Kevin_I_Carson@blm.gov
575-835-0412

Saturday, September 25, 2010
Devil's Den Wilderness Study Area - Carlsbad Field Office
BLM staff will lead a hike within the canyonland environment of  the WSA.  Topics addressed by staff will include the flora and fauna of the canyon.  Meeting place and time to be determined.  Maximum group size is 15 people. 
 
Contact: Aaron Stockton
Carlsbad Field Office, 620 E. Greene St. , Carlsbad, NM 88220
Aaron_Stockton@blm.gov
575-234-5971

Still in the Planning
Look back to this website as additional events are finalized and posted.  BLM is planning to have local events of varying types in all of its Field Offices throughout New Mexico.