About the Proposed Policy
The overall goal of the Luera Mountains Backpack Camping Pilot Program is to provide an alternative dispersed camping option on New Mexico State Trust Land that allows hunters overnight backcountry access to an area rich in wildlife and natural beauty. This Backpack Camping Permit Policy describes the New Mexico State Land Office policy regarding the stipulations, issuance, and management of Backpack Camping Permits for the 2020-2021 Luera Mountains Backpack Camping Pilot Program.
In March 2020, the New Mexico State Land Office (NMSLO) and New Mexico Game Commission signed an easement agreement for 2020-2021 that provides access to 8.8 million acres of State Trust Land for hunters, anglers, and trappers who hold a valid New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) license. Section 11(e) of the agreement states that, on a pilot basis, backpack camping is authorized in specific areas designated by the Commissioner.
Subsequently, the NMSLO developed the Luera Mountains Backpack Camping Pilot Program (Pilot Program) to allow, manage, and evaluate backpack camping under the easement on designated State Trust Land in the Luera Mountains (GMU 16E; Catron County) during the 2020-2021 license year. This Program reflects recommendations received from NMSLO working groups comprised of sportspeople, agriculture lessees, and NMDGF. If the Pilot Program is successful, the NMSLO may expand backpack camping opportunities elsewhere on State Trust Land.
VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETING TO GATHER INPUT ON PILOT PROGRAM
MONDAY, JULY 13, 2020
5:00 to 6:15 PM MT
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