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State Land Office Releases FY 2021 Annual Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 2, 2021
Contact:
Tarin Nix, Deputy Commissioner of Public Affairs
tnix@slo.state.nm.us

State Land Office Releases FY 2021 Annual Report

SANTA FE, NM – Today, the State Land Office released its Annual Report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. New Mexico state agencies are required to report to the Governor on activities and accomplishments of the previous year by December 1st of each calendar year. For the third fiscal year in a row, the State Land Office has generated record revenue exceeding $1 billion.

Read the Report: New Mexico State Land Office FY 2021 Annual Report

The FY 2021 report from the State Land Office to the Governor outlines total revenue raised and the earnings for each of the 22 Trust beneficiaries, as well as a detailed overview of highlights from each of the State Land Office’s leasing and operational divisions.

Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard released the following statement regarding the FY 2021 Annual Report:

“I am so proud of the history-making programs and over a billion dollars in record-breaking revenue continuing for a third year in a row at the State Land Office. Thanks to the 160 talented and dedicated staff members, we tripled our renewable energy footprint, held bad actors accountable, and delivered groundbreaking wins for New Mexicans, our public lands, and our beneficiaries.

Along with earning over $1.2 billion on behalf of New Mexico’s schools, colleges, and
hospitals, we established the first Enforcement and Accountability Program to protect public land and save New Mexicans millions in cleanup costs.

We made tribal consultation and protection of cultural properties on state trust land a priority for the first time by establishing the Cultural Resources Office. The office is working to institute genuine tribal consultation practices and started official rulemaking to require cultural properties surveys on all new ground disturbing activity on state trust land.

In our continued effort to diversify revenue, we launched major economic development projects including the expansion of Netflix’s global production center on 130 acres of trust land at Mesa del Sol and the initial lease for Prewitt Business Park at the former Escalante Generating Station in McKinley County. We continue to work with Bernalillo County on the 630-acre recreational complex that supports youth sports programs, NM United soccer practice fields, and LiveNation concerts.

We added over 14 premier public land destinations on state trust land for people to enjoy, expanded backpacking in the Luera Mountains and dispersed camping in White Peak, worked with the City of Albuquerque and the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge to expand access to the Rio Grande Bosque, and signed a four-year game and fish easement guaranteeing hunting and angling throughout New Mexico and investments to increase access on state trust land.

This year we renewed our efforts to increase fuelwood opportunities for New Mexico Land Grants and expanded affordable housing opportunities in Albuquerque. We continue to be open for business at the State Land Office. We look forward to generating even more revenue and opportunities for New Mexicans for years to come.”

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Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard has overseen the New Mexico State Land Office since 2019. In that time, the agency has raised over $3.5 billion for New Mexico public schools, hospitals, and universities. Over 13 million acres of state trust land are leased for a variety of uses, including ranching and farming, renewable energy, business development, mineral development, and outdoor recreation. The State Land Office has a dual mandate to use state trust land to financially support vital public institutions, while simultaneously working to protect the land for future generations.

State Land Office Celebrates Federal Chaco Moratorium

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2021
Contact:
Tarin Nix, Deputy Commissioner of Public Affairs
tnix@slo.state.nm.us

State Land Office Celebrates Federal Chaco Moratorium

SANTA FE, NM – The Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard issued the following statement on President Joe Biden and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s 20-year leasing moratorium around Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

“In New Mexico, we are privileged to have one of the most sacred tribal landscapes and the protection of its history and living culture must be a top priority, so we welcome the federal government commitment in joining us in establishing a moratorium to protect this culturally significant landscape,” said Commissioner Garcia Richard. “

BACKGROUND
On April 27, 2019 Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard signed Executive Order 2019-002 to place a moratorium on new oil and gas development on state trust land in a 12-mile buffer zone around the Greater Chaco Region. The Executive Order protects nearly 72,776 acres of mineral estate near the renowned Chaco Culture World Heritage site.

The work to protect cultural sites like Chaco continued in 2021, when Commissioner Garcia Richard announced the creation of the Cultural Resources Office to ensure protection of all cultural property sites on state trust land. Recently, the State Land Office went into official rulemaking to pass the first ever Cultural Properties Protection Rule to ensure cultural property surveys are conducted prior to any new surface disturbing activity on the 9 million acres of state trust land.

“While today’s actions are a critical and necessary step toward protection, we recognize the Chaco landscape expands far greater than the 10 or 12 mile buffers established at the state and federal level,” noted Assistant Commissioner Rachael Lorenzo (Mescalero, Laguna). “We are committed to ensuring the end of the destruction of cultural sites on state trust land and our rule-making efforts and genuine tribal consultation with all 23 federally recognized sovereign nations in New Mexico will help us achieve this goal.”

Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard has overseen the New Mexico State Land Office since 2019. In that time the agency has raised over $3.5 billion for New Mexico public schools, hospitals, and universities. Over 13 million acres of state trust land are leased for a variety of uses, including ranching and farming, renewable energy, business development, mineral development, and outdoor recreation. The State Land Office has a dual mandate to use state trust land to financially support vital public institutions, while simultaneously working to protect the land for future generations

State Land Office and Powering New Mexico to Hold Renewable Energy Panel in Clayton

ADVISORY

October 15, 2021

Contact:

Tarin Nix, Deputy Commissioner of Public Affairs

tnix@slo.state.nm.us         

State Land Office and Powering New Mexico to Hold Renewable Energy Panel in Clayton

Public invited to listen in on important renewable energy and transmission focused conversation

SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico State Land Office (SLO) and Powering New Mexico will be holding a renewable energy panel discussion in Clayton, New Mexico on Thursday, October 28th, 2021 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The panel is open to the public and will follow the state’s mask mandate for indoor events.  

New Mexico’s Renewable Energy Future Panel Discussion Information

Panelists: New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard, Union County Commission Chairman Justin Bennett, Josh Framel of Clearway Energy, and Jim Jontry of Ameren

Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Location: Union County Administration Building, 200 Court Street, Clayton, NM 88415

The event will also be livestreamed on Facebook.com/NMLandOffice

COVID protocol will be enforced: Unvaccinated and vaccinated participants required to wear mask at this indoor event.  

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Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard has overseen the New Mexico State Land Office since 2019. In that time the agency has raised $3.4 billion for New Mexico public schools, hospitals, and universities. Over 13 million acres of state trust land are leased for a variety of uses, including ranching and farming, renewable energy, business development, mineral development, and outdoor recreation. The State Land Office has a dual mandate to use state trust land to financially support vital public institutions, while simultaneously working to protect the land for future generations.

November 30, 2021 State Land Trusts Advisory Board Meeting

The New Mexico State Land Trusts Advisory Board will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., and continuing thereafter as necessary, via audio and video conference due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The public may join the meeting through the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88077468878?pwd=VGZPS3JHUTZjVHRPaUVVL2VjVXpwUT09.

The public may also dial into the meeting via phone: (346) 248-7799; Meeting ID: 880 7746 8878. You may sign up for public comment in advance by calling (505) 827-5761 or emailing ashaw@slo.state.nm.us.


Any change to the location or time of the meeting will be posted with a final agenda on the SLO webpage (www.nmstatelands.org) at least 72 hours prior to the date and time specified in this notice.

The Agenda includes: Call to Order, Roll Call, Welcome, Approval of Agenda, Approval of October 12, 2021 Minutes, Agency Update, Division Updates, Questions and Answers, Public Comments, Closing Remarks, Adjournment. 

The Agenda is available on the State Land Office website. To request a hard copy, contact Alysha Shaw at (505) 827-5761 or ashaw@slo.state.nm.us.

If you are an individual with a disability and you require assistance or an auxiliary aid (such as a sign language interpreter) to participate in any aspect of this meeting, please contact Alysha Shaw by Monday, November 8, 2021 at (505) 827-5761 or ashaw@slo.state.nm.us.

Read the agenda here.

October 22, 2021 Cultural Properties Rule Public Hearing

October 22, 2021 Cultural Properties Rule Public Hearing

NOTICE: THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD HAS BEEN EXTENDED 45 DAYS TO DECEMBER 6, 2021
We will accept written public comments through the end of the day on December 6, 2021
You may submit public comments through the form at https://www.nmstatelands.org/culturalproperties/, via email to cprule@slo.state.nm.us, or via mail to New Mexico State Land Office, Attn: Alysha Shaw, PO Box 1148, Santa Fe, NM  87504-1148


“Cultural Property” means a structure, place, site, object or resource having historic, archaeological, scientific, architectural, or other cultural significance. A cultural property includes a property listed on or eligible for inclusion on either the New Mexico register of cultural properties pursuant to the Cultural Properties Act, or listed on or eligible for listing on the national register of historic places pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act, 16 U.S.C. Section 470.

This proposed Rule builds upon our cultural resources efforts by requiring that an archaeological survey be completed prior to any surface disturbing activity, such as the construction of roads and pipelines, oil and gas drilling, and other infrastructure development. The draft Rule is consistent with existing practices on federal lands and in most other states, and many NMSLO lessees already adhere to its requirements as a matter of practice.

By making survey requirements applicable across the board for projects, the Rule will ensure that cultural resource protections are enforceable, meaningful, and that there are appropriate avoidance and mitigation measures in place.

The draft Rule lays out specific procedures for implementing survey requirements and confirming that applicants understand their obligations to protect cultural properties before any work is done. Furthermore, because there are different statutory requirements that apply to various types of leasing activities, the Rule is tailored to reflect those legal distinctions.

PUBLIC HEARING INFORMATION

Date: Friday, October 22, 2021 

Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: In Person at the State Land Office, Morgan Hall, 310 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM

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Topic: Cultural Properties Rule Hearing
Time: Oct 22, 2021 09:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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State Land Office Launches Online Payment Portal for Grazing Leases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 16, 2021

Contact:

Angie Poss, Assistant Commissioner of Communications

aposs@slo.state.nm.us

State Land Office Launches Online Payment Portal for Grazing Leases

Builds upon efforts to make process more user friendly

SANTA FE, NM – For the first time ever, the State Land Office (SLO) is now accepting credit card payments through an online portal which will benefit over 3,500 agricultural lease holders throughout the state. Of the 9 million surface acres of state trust land managed by the SLO, over 8 million of those acres are held by an agricultural lease where ranchers and farmers use the land for livestock grazing.

Those needing to pay their agricultural lease payments for 2021 can now visit https://agleasepayment.nmstatelands.org, create an account, and pay their leases from the comfort of their own home. Commissioner Garcia Richard previously removed an antiquated time-consuming appraisement form that lessees were required to complete, which helped cut red tape during the leasing process.

“This payment portal is something that has been discussed at the SLO for years, and I am so grateful to our Agricultural Leasing Bureau, our Information Technology Division, and our Accounting Division for working over the past few months to make this happen right in conjunction with our renewal period for grazing rentals so that it goes to use right away,” Commissioner of Public Land Stephanie Garcia Richard said.

“The portal has only been live for a short period of time, and the Agricultural Leasing Bureau staff are already hearing gratitude from people for this streamlined process. It has made the overall payment experience much more user friendly,” Danny Sandoval, SLO Agricultural Leasing Analyst, added.

Fees for livestock grazing on state trust land are calculated each year based on a formula that has been in statute since 1988. The formula is determined using various factors such as private grazing land lease rates, beef cattle prices, and the cost of livestock production. The amount is first calculated by State Land Office experts, and is then verified by a neutral third party expert. The 2021 fees translates to an average rate of $4.85 per animal unit month (AUM), down slightly from $4.98 in 2020.  In 2021 this means an average fee of $ 0.91 per-acre. 

“Because of the checkerboard nature of land status in New Mexico, state trust land is an important component of so many ranches across the state. These operations are crucial to our efforts to steward state trust land, and we hope that this new payment portal makes their partnership with us a little more seamless when it comes to paying their leases,” Garcia Richard added.

In order to keep payment and contact information as secure as possible, the SLO is not taking credit card payments by phone, and credit cards can only be used through the portal. Payments for 2021 agricultural lease/grazing rental payments are still being accepted by mail to: C/O Agricultural Leasing Bureau, P.O. Box 1148, Santa Fe, NM 87504.


Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard has overseen the New Mexico State Land Office since 2019. In that time the agency has raised $3.4 billion for New Mexico public schools, hospitals, and universities. Over 13 million acres of state trust land are leased for a variety of uses, including ranching and farming, renewable energy, business development, mineral development, and outdoor recreation. The State Land Office has a dual mandate to use state trust land to financially support vital public institutions, while simultaneously working to protect the land for future generations.

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