Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Bureau of Land Management seeks comment on environmental study for Chaco Area Withdrawal

FARMINGTON, NM – The Bureau of Land Management Farmington Field Office has released the proposed Chaco Area Withdrawal Environmental Assessment for a 30-day public review and comment period. The environmental assessment analyzes impacts associated with withdrawing federal minerals from leasing in a ten-mile buffer surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park for 20 years.

The proposed withdrawal is an important part of the Interior Department’s efforts to protect the Chaco Canyon and the greater connected landscape, and to ensure that public land management better reflects the sacred sites, stories, and cultural resources in the region. The BLM is committed to continued engagement with diverse stakeholders and looks forward to ongoing collaborative discussions through the Honoring Chaco Initiative.

The agency will host in-person public meetings on Nov. 14 and 15 that will include an open-house, presentation, a question-and-answer session, and opportunities for the public to provide oral comments. Doors will open at 4 pm and the presentation will begin at 5 pm Agency staff will be available to receive oral comments from 4–7 pm Navajo-language translation will be available upon request.

  • Monday, Nov. 14, 4-7 p.m. — Farmington, NM
    • San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Center
      4601 College Blvd
      Farmington, NM 87401
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15, 4-7 pm – Bernalillo, NM
    • Sandoval County Administrative Building
      1500 Idalia Road, Building D
      Bernalillo, NM 87004

The public can view the environmental assessment and provide comments using either of the options below:

All comments must be postmarked by Dec. 10, 2022.
For more information about the proposal or the upcoming meetings, please contact BLM Farmington Field Office Project Manager Sarah Scott at 505-564-7689 or [email protected]

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