BLM meeting relocated for anticipated crowds


The first meeting of the Bureau of Land Management's citizens council in over a year has been relocated from its original location but is still scheduled for Tuesday (Jan. 30). 

The "Resource Advisory Council," commonly called the RAC, is made up of 10 members of non-BLM employees and is meant to help guide the agency's decisions. A June 2017 meeting of the RAC, scheduled for Taos, was canceled because of the Department of Interior's review of national monuments. A December 2017 meeting was rescheduled to next week.

"The public is welcome to attend the meeting on Jan. 30 at the San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Center, Room 9012, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The RAC meeting, originally scheduled to be held at the Farmington District Office, has been moved to San Juan College to accommodate increased interest from the public," according to a press release from the BLM's Farmington spokesperson, Zach Stone. 

"A comment period, during which the public may address the RAC, will begin at 3 p.m. on Jan. 30. Depending on the number of people wishing to comment and time available, the amount of time for individual oral comments may be limited," he said.

"On Jan. 31, the RAC will take a field tour, beginning at 8 a.m., from the Farmington District Office and will depart for the Chokecherry Canyon Glade Run Recreation Area, returning to the office by noon. All meetings are open to the public; however, transportation and meals are the responsibility of the participating individuals," he said.

"Agenda items include an introduction of new RAC members; update on the Farmington Resources Management Plan Amendment and land use planning in the Taos Field Office; updates on the Taos general recreation plan and the Farmington Glade Run recreation implementation plan; an overview of fire and fuel plan treatments for the Farmington District; an overview of Farmington District grazing permits; a presentation about Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act; and a presentation about the BLM's role in the Four Corners Air Quality Group. Any other matters that may reasonably come before the Farmington District RAC may also be addressed," the release read."

For more information about the upcoming RAC meeting, please contact Zach Stone at 505-564-7677 or