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Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013 10:15 pm

Monday was an important day for Northern New Mexico — not to mention for the state and even the nation. On that day, President Barack Obama officially designated the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, preserving some 240,000 acres of our finest wilderness for generations to come. What a long time coming!

Residents of Northern New Mexico, whatever their views on politics, should take a moment to thank the president for listening to the sportsmen, business people, tribal members and traditional residents of our north. Despite Congress’ inaction on preservation of wild lands — a bill to set aside the acreage as a National Conservation Area never made it to the president — Obama used his powers under the Antiquities Act to preserve the land west of Taos and north to the Colorado border. He was encouraged to do so by a congressional delegation that had spent many hours trying to pass legislation that would conserve the area — Sens. Jeff Bingaman, Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, as well as U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, all understood the importance of this land to our state. The Rio Grande del Norte was one of five monuments that Obama designated; given that Congress will not act on preservation, we look forward to seeing the president figure out a way to provide protection to the Columbine Hondo Wilderness Area soon.

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  • Steve Salazar posted at 9:50 am on Tue, Mar 26, 2013.

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    In order to access the new monument, are there going to be new roads criss-crossing the landscape?

     
  • BLM-New Mexico posted at 7:52 am on Tue, Mar 26, 2013.

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    The Río Grande del Norte National Monument will be managed by the Bureau of Land Management. To find out more information about the Monument, please visit: www.blm.gov/nm/RioGrandeDelNorte

     
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