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Hello ALAA !

Just want to let you know that the lawsuit against the Santa Fe National Forest travel management decision is in the judge's hands. The final briefs have been filed. Now we wait and see what happens. Thanks again for ALAA's support, in our efforts to protect motorized access on public lands.

Joanne




Santa Fe National Forest; New Mexico; Geothermal Leasing - May 12, 2015 (PDF)


Gila National Forest Starting "Assessment" for Forest Plan Revision

The Gila National Forest has started the long, multi-year process of revising its Forest Plan. The Forest Plan describes the strategic direction for management of forest resources for the next fifteen years on the Gila National Forest. The first phase of the Forest Plan Revision process, the assessment phase, has officially begun.
The Gila National Forest invites other governmental agencies, organizations, and the public to contribute to the development of the assessment report.

As we have said before, one of the biggest challenges for us as motorized users, (If you can not get there, you can not collect!) of the Forest is to GET INVOLVED EARLY and STAY INVOLVED for the long (it literally takes years!) process of revising the Forest Plan. Revising a Forest Plan involves a time commitment now that will only pay off in the future. The really long, slow process makes it very hard to stay focused and committed. If we lose interest and lose track of the project, it makes it really easy for the Forest Service to do whatever they (and the radical environmentalists) want to do.

We know how hard it is to keep all of these many Forest Service processes and plans straight. It is doubly hard when ALL FIVE of the National Forests are revising their Forest Plans at the SAME TIME! We know it is hard to find the time and energy to keep showing up at meetings, writing comments and staying involved. We know how frustrating it is to provide input only to see it seemingly ignored. We know it is tempting to just go play instead.

Remember - It is your forest and you do have a say in how it will be managed for the next 15 years.  If you do not speak up, No one will hear you!

The Gila National Forest is in the early stages of the process of revising its existing forest plan from 1986, under the 2012 Forest Planning Rule (36 CFR 219) that will describe the strategic direction for management of forest resources for the next 10 to 15 years.

Assessment of Ecological/Social/Cultural/Economic Sustainability, Conditions, and Trends for the Gila National Forest (PDF) May 15, 2015

Current Gila Forest Plan (1986)

              Remember: If you can not get there, you can not collect!

More information will be add as it becomes available

More Information on the Gila NF Management Plan from NMOHVA


Carson National Forest Releases Draft Assessment for Forest Plan Revision

The Carson National Forest is in the early stages of revising their Forest Plan. This past week (May 19, 2015), they announced the release of their "Draft Assessment" and scheduled meetings with the public for early summer.

One of the biggest challenges for us as motorized users,(If you can't get there, You can not collect)  of the Forest is to GET INVOLVED EARLY and STAY INVOLVED for the long (literally years!) process of revising the Forest Plan. Revising a Forest Plan involves a time commitment now that will only pay off in the future. The really long, slow process makes it very hard to stay focused and committed. If we lose interest and lose track of the project, it makes it really easy for the Forest Service to do whatever they (and the radical environmentalists) want to do.

We know how hard it is to keep all of these many Forest Service processes and plans straight. We know it is hard to find the time and energy to keep showing up at meetings, writing comments and staying involved. We know how frustrating it is to provide input only to see it seemingly ignored. We know it is tempting to just go play instead.

Tentative Plan Revision Schedule

  • Feb 27, 2014 – Notice of initiating the assessment phase of the forest plan revision published in Federal Register
  • Late Summer 2015 – Notice of intent to begin plan revision and to prepare environmental impact statement (EIS)
  • Late Spring/Early Summer 2017 – Notice of Availability of draft proposed plan and draft EIS for comment
  • Summer/Fall 2017 – Notice of objection period prior to approval of the preferred alternative and final EIS
  • Fall/Winter 2017 – Notice of plan approval and final EIS

                 Remember: If you can not get there, you can not collect!

More Information on the Carson NF Management Plan from NMOHVA



President signs Proclamation -- Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

BLM Map of Monument


If either of these bills become law, Rockhounds should make sure that any roads or trails leading to or near collecting sites are included in the route designation established by local government agencies.


Magdalena Travel Management Draft Decision Released  (NMOHVA Action Alert) May 21, 2015

NMOHVA's Lawsuit goes to the Judge -  May 6, 2014

In December, NMOHVA filed a lawsuit challenging the Santa Fe National Forest's (SFNF) Travel Management decision.  Read what has happened since then? 

In regards to NMOHVA’s lawsuit against the travel management decision of the Santa Fe National.Forrest  

Judge Johnson has rejected the request for intervener status. The request came from a combined group consisting of the Center for Biological Diversity, Wildearth Guardians and Sierra Club. This means the lawsuit is just NMOHVA and the Forest Service, and the environmental groups are not allowed to submit their own brief with arguments.

The judge’s reasoning is worth reading. As of June 15, 2013

Judge DENIES Intervener Status to "Big Green" in the NMOHVA Lawsuit - June 19, 2013

NMOHVA's Day in Court  -  LAWSUIT UPDATE #8  July 21, 2014


July 28,2014.  Judge Johnson ruled against NMOHVA's lawsuit on the Santa Fe National Forest's travel management decision.  Ironically, in his decision, Judge Johnson specifically agreed with us that the Forest Service broke the law because their "no action" alternative in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is illegal. It violated NEPA laws. This issue was NMOHVA's main point in the lawsuit. The decision is based on the EIS, and the EIS is based on the "no action alternative".  Somehow, the judge decided that the "no action alternative" was illegal, but the decision was not.  You can read the judge's Decision and Opinion on NMOHVA's web page at www.nmohva.org.  What's next?  We are meeting with our legal team to discuss the possibility of an appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.  The NMOHVA Board of Directors will then decide whether to appeal.

NMOHA Files appeal to Judges Ruling  - August 4, 2014 (See Above ruling)


Learn About Public Land Access Issues in New Mexico



The Director’s Protest Resolution Reports analyze each unique or summarized protest issue statement received on each individual BLM Proposed Resource Management Plan to determine whether the State Director followed established procedures, considered relevant information in reaching proposed decisions, and whether the proposed decisions are consistent with the applicable statutes, regulations, and BLM policy.

The following Director’s Protest Resolution Reports are available for online viewing or download.


New Mexico Solar Energy Zones - "NEW"


New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Allince


News Release - Jemez Springs and Acequia Coalition Join OHV Appeal against Forest Closures




Letter to New Mexico State Parks in support of Rock Collecting in Rockhound State Park

Letter from Michael Streeter Professional Geologist on Rockhound State Park

Use these points from the above letters to formulate your own letter to NM State Parks. Send lettesr to nmparks@state.nm.us    Time is short!


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