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Commissioner Garcia Richard Restricts Hunting Near South Valley Neighborhoods Hunting Improvement Negotiations with Department of Game and Fish Hit a Snag

Albuquerque, NM – In an effort to increase public safety in the South Valley and shieldfamily homes from stray bullets, Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard todayannounced a restriction on hunting and trapping on 212 acres of state trust land along theRio Grande Bosque, adjacent to Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) in Bernalillo County.

Access to nearly 9 million acres of state trust land for hunters and other sportspeople is set out in an agreement between the New Mexico State Land Office and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF). The Rio Grande Bosque parcel of state trust land has historically not been used for hunting but saw an increase in hunting this year due to a new parking lot at the Refuge. The agreement between the two agencies, signed in 2016, is meant to improve access to state trust land for New Mexico hunters and sportspeople. Negotiations to renew the agreement for nearly 9 million acres of trust land have been underway between the agencies. The Land Office sought input from across the state—from recreationalists, sportspeople and the agriculture community in preparation for the negotiations.

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State Land Office Launches “Open for Adventure” Outdoor Recreation Campaign

Includes Partnership with the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Hiring of Outdoor Recreation Specialist, and Launch of Online Application Portal

SANTA FE, NM – Commissioner Stephanie Garcia today announced the launch of the Land Office’s outdoor recreation campaign, “Open for Adventure.” The announcement was made in partnership with the New Mexico Wildlife Federation and Pojoaque Valley Intermediate School. Thanks to a partnership with the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, the Land Office is now offering free recreational access permits to New Mexico 5th graders and their families.

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Cypress Inc. Concedes Grazing Lease Cancellation, Drops Legal Contest

SANTA FE, NM – Cypress Inc., a corporation associated with Jeffrey Epstein, has conceded the State Land Office’s cancellation of two livestock grazing leases. Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard sent a cancellation letter in early September giving Cypress 30 days’ notice of her intent to cancel the leases. Cypress, through an Albuquerque law firm, filed a contest of the cancellation and a petition in First Judicial District Court to immediately block the cancellation. The court did not grant Cypress’ request to halt the lease cancellation, but instead set a November 5, 2019 hearing on the matter.

Through settlement negotiations, Cypress now has agreed to the previous lease cancellation effective October 4, 2019. The corporation also dropped the contest of the cancellation that it filed in court.

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State Land Office Responds to Cypress Inc., Contest of Lease Cancellation

SANTA FE, NM – State Land Office General Counsel, Ari Biernoff, released the following statement regarding Cypress Inc.’s contest of the Land Office’s cancellation of two agricultural grazing leases.

“Commissioner Garcia Richard stands by the decision to terminate the business relationship with Epstein and his enterprises. The leases that she inherited with Cypress, a shell company, should have never been awarded in the first place. The State Attorney General also determined these leases were improper and should be cancelled.

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State Land Office Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

SANTA FE, NM – State Land Office employees gathered this morning to raise an “End Domestic Violence” flag which features the purple ribbon recognizing survivors and victims of domestic violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. Approximately 59% of incidents in New Mexico are never reported to law enforcement.

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