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Release Date: 01/14/14
Contacts: Sam DesGeorges, 575-758-8851    

BLM Announces Public Scoping Meetings for the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument Plan

Taos, NM–The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Taos Field Office has announced the dates and locations for four public scoping meetings being held to gather input on issues and concerns that should be considered during the development of a management plan for the new Río Grande del Norte National Monument (Monument), designated by Presidential Proclamation on March 25, 2012.

The public meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

  • January 28, 2014 - Sagebrush Inn, 1508 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos, New Mexico
  • January 29, 2014 - Village Hall, 2500 Old State Road 3, Questa, New Mexico
  • January 30, 2014 - Antonito Senior Citizen Association, 701 Main Street (U.S. 285), Antonito, Colorado
  • February 4, 2014 - BLM New Mexico State Office, 301 Dinosaur Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Monument plan, addressing the 242,500-acre designation predominantly within Taos County in northern New Mexico, will amend the current land use plan through the preparation of an environmental assessment.  The plan will provide management direction to ensure the protection and restoration of cultural, ecological, geological, and wildlife values and their associated landscapes for which the Monument was designated.  Also, the plan will consider opportunities for continued traditional uses of the monument lands and resources, including wood gathering, livestock grazing, and recreation, as well as the potential for new land use authorizations such as rights-of-way to accommodate utilities transmission.

In addition to public meetings, input can also be submitted by mail to BLM Taos Field Office, Attention:  Shasta Ferranto, 226 Cruz Alta Road, Taos, NM  87571; by email to; or by fax to 575-758-1620.  The BLM is asking that input be received by no later than February 18, 2014. 

For more information, contact Taos Field Manager Sam DesGeorges at 575-758-8851 or online at

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: 01-27-2014