MEETINGS SCHEDULED TO GATHER COMMUNITY INPUT ON LAND PRESERVATION

MEETINGS SCHEDULED TO GATHER COMMUNITY INPUT ON LAND PRESERVATION

Doña Ana County, in conjunction with the City of Las Cruces and the Metropolitan Planning Organization, will host two public meetings to solicit community input related to various land management-issues under consideration by the federal Bureau of Land Management.

These issues include the proposed designations of Wilderness Areas and National Conservation Areas throughout Doña Ana County, as well as issues related to how the BLM land-disposal process is carried out, and how funding from sale of disposal lands might be used to directly benefit area communities.

At present, there are no designated Wilderness Areas or National Conservation Areas in Doña Ana County, but several areas have been proposed, and each would require congressional approval before the designation could become official. Congressional approval would ensure that each affected area would be permanently protected.

The first public meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Radium Springs Community Center, 12060 Lindbeck Rd., in Fort Seldon. The second meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the N.M. Water and Sanitation Department offices at 1155 N. Fourth St., in Anthony.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 525-5801.