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Release Date: 01/07/14
Contacts: Sam DesGeorges, 575-758-8851    

BLM to Prepare Management Plan for Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

Taos, NM–The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Taos Field Office is seeking public comments 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, 2013. 

The Monument Plan which is 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 for 242,500 acres to ensure the protection and restoration of cultural, ecological, geological, and wildlife values and their associated landscapes for which the Monument was designated.  The plan will also 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. 

The BLM considers opportunities for public involvement to be critical to the success of the planning process.  Public scoping meetings are being planned for neighboring communities and will be announced at least 15 days in advance through the media and the BLM website at:

The BLM is asking that input be received within the 45-day scoping period ending February 18, 2014.  Input may 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.

For further information, contact Taos Field Office Manager Sam DesGeorges at (575) 758-8851.

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: 01-07-2014