BLM Releases Record of Decision and Approved Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument in Southern New Mexico

Las Cruces, NM–The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has signed a Record of Decision (ROD) approving the Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument (Monument) administered by the Las Cruces District Office in southern

New Mexico. About 5,255 acres of Paleozoic Era fossilized footprints, plants, and wood dating back about 280 million years ago located 10 miles northwest of Las Cruces, New Mexico, are designated as the Monument.

In 2009, Congress passed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act (Act), which designated the Monument and generally prescribed management and use of the area. The Act also requires that the Secretary of the Interior, through the BLM, develop a comprehensive management plan for the long-term protection and management of the site.

The Approved RMP provides a comprehensive management plan for the long-term protection and management of the resources within the National Monument. Public comments submitted during the scoping and public comment periods were considered and incorporated as appropriate in the Approved RMP. The Approved RMP replaces the 1993 Mimbres RMP within the Monument boundaries.

The public has 30 days from December 21, 2015, to appeal the implementation decisions in the Approved RMP to the Department of the Interior Office of Hearings and Appeals. The appeal period will end on January 20, 2016.

Copies of the ROD and Approved RMP are available at the Las Cruces District Office at 1800 Marquess Street in Las Cruces and the BLM New Mexico State Office at 301 Dinosaur Trail in Santa Fe. The proposed plan is available online at: http://www.blm.gov/nm/trackwaysrmp

For more information on the plan, contact Jennifer Montoya at 575-525-4316.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

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