Ask BLM to improve management plan for Otero Mesa and other precious areas

The Bureau of Land Management's Las Cruces District Office in April released a Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Sierra, Otero and Doña Ana counties in New Mexico. 

The draft has glaring deficiencies that require a much better job from BLM in preparing the final plan. Special places like Otero Mesa and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks are at risk if the plan is not improved.

• Although BLM offices are required to maintain a comprehensive inventory of Lands with Wilderness Characteristics, this draft has a woefully incomplete inventory. Even a cursory Geographic Information System overview could identify roadless areas of 5,000 acres or more to be protected until a thorough inventory is completed.

• The BLM wants to defer a plan for oil and gas leasing for several years and then amend the RMP. In the meantime it proposes using earlier RMPs to direct leasing decisions. A moratorium on all oil and gas leasing would be a much more responsible approach until a leasing amendment is adopted.

• This draft plan has no Travel Management plan and leaves BLM’s 2.8 million acres in the Tri-County area open to cross-country travel in any kind of vehicle, from an ATV to a cement truck.

View the Tri-County Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement here

Please modify the sample comment below with your own words to let the BLM know that our public lands should be adequately inventoried and protected. 

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  • BLM Las Cruces District

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Comment on Tri-County Resource Management Plan

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