BLM's citizen council meeting in Taos Tuesday

Public comment limited to half-hour, starting at 3 p.m.


The Bureau of Land Management's local citizens advisory council will meet in Taos Tuesday (July 10). 

The meeting will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kit Carson Electric Co-op board room,  located at 118 Cruz Alta Road, Taos.

This is the first meeting of the Farmington Resource Advisory Council since February, when dozens of people spoke out about drilling, land management and tribal communities in the face-to-face meeting with federal land management officials. Such opportunities have become increasingly rare in the past year.

The council, one of 38 around the United States, is meant to meet between two and four times a year to talk directly with federal land managers and offer local perspectives on policies and projects. A June 2017 meeting scheduled for Taos was canceled because of the Department of Interior's review of national monuments.

On the agenda for Tuesday's meeting are updates on the last two years worth of nominations to the committee, which even in recent months had not been approved by the upper levels of the Department of Interior.

Also on the agenda are:

• Updates on the Resource Advisory Council charter

• Farmington Field Office Resource Management Plan Amendment

• Updates  in the Taos planning area

• General recreation planning for both the Taos and Farmington Field Offices

• Updates on the San Pedro Area

• BLM efforts to gather additional cultural/ethnographic data for cultural site protection

• The postponement of the spring 2018 oil and gas leasing in the Farmington Field Office area and the methane emission rules. 

• There will be a discussion on the Rio Grande Trail/State partnership  and a potential event scheduled for October 2, 2018, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act of 1968

• And any other topics that may reasonably come before the Farmington District RAC may also be addressed.