(Jan 7, 2010) - The Bureau of Land Management’s Las Cruces District Office will prepare a Resource Management Plan for the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument that will guide future management of the 5,280-acre area northwest of Las Cruces.
A public scoping process opened today in order to solicit public comments and identify issues (e.g., natural resource and public use issues) anticipated within the Monument, which was created under the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009.
Comments on issues may be submitted in writing by any of the following methods:
• Website: http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/fo/Las_Cruces_District_Office.html
• Fax: (575) 525-4412
• Mail: BLM, Las Cruces District Office
Prehistoric Trackways National Monument Planner
1800 Marquess Street
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005
In addition, a public scoping meeting will be scheduled in Las Cruces in early February to present information about the effort and receive input from the public. The meeting will be announced within the next 2 weeks and notices will be published in Las Cruces newspapers. The comment period will close 15 days after the date the public scoping meeting is held.
The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including alternatives, and guide the planning process. Preliminary issues for the planning area that have been identified by the BLM, other agencies, and other stakeholders include Paleozoic resource protection, scientific research, off-highway vehicle use/recreation, plus interpretation and education.
The BLM will work collaboratively with interested parties to identify the management decisions that are best suited to local, regional, and national needs and concerns within the scope of the BLM’s legal authorities. The agency will use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the plan in order to consider the variety of resource issues and concerns identified. Specialists with expertise in the following disciplines will be involved in the planning process: Planning and NEPA, Paleontology, Outdoor Recreation, Minerals and Geology, Archeology, Wildlife, and others as may be needed.
The BLM manages more land - 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.