BLM announces public comment period on Gila Lower Box Canyon Recreation Area Management Plan


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Gila Lower Box Canyon Recreation Area

LAS CRUCES, N.M.The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District announces a public comment period for the draft alternatives for the Gila Lower Box Recreation Area Management Plan and Environmental Analysis. The public comment period is open from Nov. 1 - Dec. 1.  

The BLM recognizes the need to balance a high-quality visitor experience with natural resource protection in one of the region’s most popular recreation areas. The plan will guide future development and provide management direction for recreation resources within the Gila Lower Box Recreation Area, northwest of Lordsburg, N.M.

“This plan proposes to improve and enhance recreational experiences in the Gila Lower Box Canyon and protect precious cultural and biological resources as well as wilderness study area values," said acting Las Cruces District Manager Dave Wallace. “This will be completed by creating and implementing recreation infrastructure that meets the primitive recreational values of the area.”

A public engagement will be held in person on Nov. 9, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Hidalgo County Commission Chambers, 305 Pyramid Street, Lordsburg, N.M. 88045. The BLM will present more information on developed alternatives and answer questions from the public.

During the comment period, the public is encouraged to review the alternatives and provide substantive comments or concerns. All comments received will be fully considered and evaluated in preparation of the final environmental analysis. To review document and provide comments, please visit

For more information, contact BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Allie Bettinger at or (575) 525-4414.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.