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October 12, 2021 State Land Trusts Advisory Board Meeting

The New Mexico State Land Trusts Advisory Board will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, October 12, 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, Introduction of Board Members, Beneficiaries, Guests, and State Land Office Staff, Approval of Agenda, Approval of August 31, 2021 Minutes, Agency Update, Questions and Answers, Public Comments, Beneficiary Presentations, 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 Friday, October 1, 2021 at (505) 827-5761 or ashaw@slo.state.nm.us.

Download the agenda here.

State Land Office Proposes Rule Change to Protect Cultural Properties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 7, 2021

Contact:

Angie Poss, Assistant Commissioner of Communications

aposs@slo.state.nm.us

State Land Office Proposes Rule Change to Protect Cultural Properties

SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico State Land Office (SLO) recently published a proposed rule change with State Records and Archives to better ensure the protection of cultural properties on state trust land. The SLO is soliciting engagement and comment from the general public along with current and future SLO lease holders who may be impacted by the change.

If implemented, the rule change would require anyone seeking approval from the State Land Office for a surface disturbing activity such as road construction, pipeline development, oil and gas drilling, or other infrastructure development to procure an archaeological survey prior to moving forward with projects. The results of the survey would determine if projects can move forward as proposed or need to be modified to avoid specific sensitive areas. In addition, the rule would make clear that damage to or destruction of cultural properties on state trust land is unlawful.

“The protection of culturally and historically significant areas and properties is of the utmost importance to my administration,” Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard said. “Many of our leasing practices already adhere to a survey requirement.  This proposed rule change will codify good practice and ensure that cultural resource protections are enforceable and meaningful, and that we make sure appropriate avoidance and mitigation measures are in place. The Land Office had record earnings of over $1.2 billion last year for New Mexico schools and other beneficiaries and I know we can better protect the state’s cultures and history while still generating tremendous revenue in the coming years.”

In February of 2021, Garcia Richard created SLO’s first ever Cultural Resources Office with the mission of assisting the SLO and staff of being good stewards of  state trust land for beneficiaries in a way that honors and respects the heritage of New Mexico tribes, nations, and pueblos.

The full text of the proposed rule, along with other resources and a public comment form, can be found on the SLO website at: https://www.nmstatelands.org/culturalproperties.

Public comment will be accepted through the end of the day on Thursday, October 21, 2021 with a public hearing taking place the following day on Friday, October 22, 2021. Details on how to participate in the hearing will be announced in October.


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.

State Land Office Improves Dispersed Camping and Expands Backpacking Program for Hunters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 31, 2021

Contact:

Angie Poss, Assistant Commissioner of Communications

505.470.2965

aposs@slo.state.nm.us

State Land Office Improves Dispersed Camping and Expands Backpacking Program for Hunters

SANTA FE, NM – The State Land Office (SLO) today announced enhancements to a camping pilot program launched last year for licensed New Mexico hunters to use dispersed camping areas in the White Peak region of Mora and Colfax Counties, as well as backpacking in the Luera Mountains in Catron County. 

The program is a component of an Easement signed between the State Land Office and the New Mexico Game Commission. The Easement gives licensed hunters and anglers access to nearly 9 million acres of state trust land. The Easement also authorized the Commissioner of Public Lands to designate dispersed camping and backpack camping in specific areas. Sportspeople identified the White Peak region and the Luera Mountains as areas where hunters would benefit from dispersed camping and backpacking opportunities.

“The success of last year’s pilot programs has allowed us to improve upon our processes and really increase access to these areas for licensed sportspeople,” Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard said. “We hope that those who are getting out for the upcoming season will consider camping on these gorgeous state trust land areas for their hunts.” 

Ortega Mesa camping site at White Peak

For 2021, the primary change to the program is that licensed hunters no longer need to apply for a separate permit to use dispersed camping areas in White Peak. Last year’s pilot program required hunters to submit an application to receive a permit to camp in the dispersed camping areas in the White Peak area. However, due to the success of last year’s pilot program, hunters will not be required to apply for a permit in order to use the dispersed camping areas at White Peak for the 2021 hunting season.

Regulations on proper use must be adhered to and are still in effect.

A second key change to the program is the doubling of the backpacking permits available for the Luera Mountains. This year’s program doubles the number of available permits to 30. The policy, application, and maps for the program can be found here.  

“The NM Wildlife Federation is grateful to Commissioner Garcia Richard and the State Land Office for the expansion of camping opportunities that our members will see during the upcoming hunting season. We are committed to working together to continue looking for creative solutions to access issues on state trust land and throughout New Mexico,” Jesse Deubel, Executive Director of the NM Wildlife Federation said.

Hunters camping on state trust lands must follow all applicable terms and conditions including guidelines for campfires, properly disposing of waste, respecting private property, rules for motorized vehicles and staying on designated roads, as well as avoiding prohibited activities.

During and at the conclusion of the hunting season, the State Land Office will monitor and assess the success of the program, and make changes and improvements to the policy for future programs or longer term dispersed camping and backpacking options.


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.

Proposed Paseo Gateway Land Sale Public Meeting

MEDIA ADVISORY

August 11, 2021

Contact:

Angie Poss, Assistant Commissioner of Communications

aposs@slo.state.nm.us

Tuesday, August 17th Public Meeting: Proposed Paseo Gateway State Trust Land Sale for Retail Commercial Development

SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico State Land Office (SLO) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, August 17, from 6:00 – 7:30 PM on Zoom and in person at the City of Rio Rancho City Hall overflow room. The purpose of the meeting is to inform residents and gather feedback regarding a proposed sale of roughly 18.85 acres of state trust land in Rio Rancho’s Paseo Gateway development area.

Community members interested in weighing in on the proposal will have the opportunity to provide public comment and ask questions at the meeting. The SLO will also accept written public comment for 30 days following the meeting. Written comments will be accepted through the end of the day on Friday, September 17, 2021.

Information about the proposed sale, maps of the area, and details for how to provide public comment can be found at http://www.nmstatelands.org/paseogateway/

Public Meeting Details:

Who: New Mexico State Land Office Commercial Resources Division staff and you! Members of the community interested in learning more and giving feedback

What: Public meeting regarding a proposed sale of 18.85 acres of state trust land in the Paseo Gateway development area of Rio Rancho, NM

When: Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Where: In person atRio Rancho City Hall, Governing Body Overflow Room, 3200 Civic Center Cir NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144

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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.

18-Hole Championship Maude’s Canyon Disc Golf Course Lease Approved in Silver City

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 4, 2021

Contact:

Angie Poss, Assistant Commissioner of Communications – NMSLO

aposs@slo.state.nm.us

Jennifer Olson, Communications Specialist – WNMU

Jennifer.Olson@wnmu.edu

18-Hole Championship Maude’s Canyon Disc Golf Course Lease Approved in Silver City

SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico State Land Office (SLO) and Western New Mexico University (WNMU) recently signed final lease paperwork to allow the University to begin designing plans for the development, management, and upkeep of an 18-hole tournament-ready disc golf course in Silver City. The lease to WNMU encompasses approximately 135 acres of state trust land known as Maude’s Canyon, located east of the Ben Altamirano Sports Complex. (map)

The SLO exists to raise revenue for New Mexico public schools, hospitals, and state universities, including WNMU. The SLO estimates that the disc golf course will raise an additional $1,500 annually for New Mexico public schools on land that is currently unleased.

“Our Open for Adventure campaign is seeing results. The Maude’s Canyon disc golf course will establish a recreational asset for Silver City, and the entire south west corner of the state, that does not currently exist,” Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard said. “We were so proud to work with WNMU – one of the beneficiaries that we work on behalf of – to make this course a reality.”

With guidance from WNMU Natural Sciences faculty members, the university’s Geographic Information System students will design the course, working with the SLO and local residents to determine ideal specifications and ensure the protection of wildlife corridors and other natural features.

“By leasing this land for and involving students in the creation of a disc golf course, Western New Mexico University is developing more opportunities for the community to recreate outside,” said Kathy Whiteman, Ph.D., who is WNMU Natural Sciences Department Chair and Director of the WNMU Center for a Sustainable Future and Outdoor Programs.

This partnership is the result of conversations WNMU is leading around greenspace usage for the advancement of a sustainable and connected community.

“You don’t need to spend a lot of money or have a high level of fitness to be a contender in disc golf, making the sport accessible for people who live locally and for visitors to Silver City,” Whiteman said.

WNMU Vice President of Business Affairs Kelley Riddle and Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard
sign the Maude’s Canyon disc golf course lease on the WNMU campus.

The SLO advertised for and held a virtual public meeting on May 20, 2021, in order to gather feedback from the community prior to approving the lease. The public engagement process also included a 60-day public comment period and conversations with local elected officials.

WNMU now begins the process of designing a plan for the course and a parking lot, for SLO consideration. In approving final plans, the SLO and appropriate staff will be involved to assure the course avoids any ground disturbance of biologically or culturally significant areas or properties. The final design will be presented to the public at a future public meeting.

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.

August 31, 2021 State Land Trusts Advisory Board

The New Mexico State Land Trusts Advisory Board will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, August 31, 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 December 11, 2020 Minutes, Adoption of 2021 Open Meetings Act Resolution, Officer Elections, Financial Disclosure Update, Agency Update, Division Updates, Questions and Answers, Public Comments, Closing Remarks, Closed Executive Session, Adjournment.

The agenda is linked below. 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, August 16, 2021 at (505) 827-5761 or ashaw@slo.state.nm.us.

Download the agenda here.
View the 2021 Open Meetings Act Draft Resolution Here

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