BLM Seeks Nominations to Rio Puerco Management Committee


Bureau of Land Management

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced that it is seeking public nominations for positions on the Rio Puerco Management Committee. This citizen-based committee assists in the development of recommendations that address public land management issues within the Rio Puerco Field Office.

The Committee, which is formally chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, provides advice and recommendations to the BLM on the development and implementation of management plans in accordance with the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act. The Committee has successfully demonstrated that consensus-driven recommendations often lead to sustainable outcomes that benefit long-term public land planning and management. This inclusive approach is proven successful and often enjoys a high level of public support. 

The Committee consists of 15 members that represent the Rio Puerco Watershed Committee; affected Tribes and Pueblos; the U.S. Forest Service; the Bureau of Reclamation; the U.S. Geological Survey; the Bureau of Indian Affairs; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Natural Resources Conservation Service; the State of New Mexico, including the New Mexico Environment Department of the State Engineer; affected local soil and water conservation districts; the Elephant Butte Irrigation District; a private landowner; and a representative of the public at large.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on the Committee. Nominees, who must be residents of the state, will be reviewed based on their training, education, and knowledge of the Committee’s geographic area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making. Letters of reference should accompany all nominations from any represented interests or organizations, a completed Committee application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications.

For more information, please contact Adam Lujan at or 505-761-8734.

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.