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Release Date: 03/14/13
Contacts: Tami Torres , 575-758-8851  

BLM Seeks Comments on the Proposed Sabinoso Wilderness Management Plan Environmental Assessment (3/13/13)

Taos, NM–The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Taos Field Office is inviting the public to review and comment on an Environmental Assessment (EA) that proposes guidance for the management of resource values and uses within the Sabinoso Wilderness, such as preserving wilderness character, recreational access, cultural and paleontological resources, livestock grazing, and fire management. Additionally, the EA analyzes the environmental impacts from the proposed management plan. The EA considers a reasonable range of alternatives, including a No Action alternative, and will disclose the direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts of the proposal. The 45-day public comment period is open until April 26, 2013.

The BLM invites the public to review and comment on the Draft EA. There are three ways to submit comments:

  • By Email:
  • By Mail:    Project Manager, Tami Torres, BLM Taos Field Office, 226 Cruz Alta Road, Taos, NM  87571
  • In Person: Taos Field Office, 226 Cruz Alta Road, Taos

Sabinoso Wilderness encompasses 16,030 acres of the Canadian Escarpment and is located east of Las Vegas, NM. Key management objectives of the Sabinoso Wilderness is to provide public access for recreation purposes, maintain or enhance the natural appearance of the wilderness, manage for healthy native vegetation, and allow wildfire to serve its natural role in the wilderness. 

The EA is available online at for review. You can request a hard copy from Tami Torres at 575-758-8851. Comments must be received by close of business on April 26, 2013.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 03-14-2013