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Who Gets To Use The Carson National Forest, And For What?

May 6, 2016

KUNM Call In Show 5/12 8a: The U.S. Forest Service is rewriting its plans for all the national forests in New Mexico including the Carson National Forest in the northern part of the state, which covers 1.3 million acres. Part of that plan includes deciding if more areas should be designated as wilderness. This could impact everything from water management to grazing and recreational activities. Some longtime residents fear this will bring more restrictions on things like fishing, grazing and agriculture.

 

How will the plan balance environmental protection and the needs of residents near forest lands to earn a living? Why do we have public lands? What would it mean to have more wilderness areas? We want to hear from you. Email callinshow@kunm.org or call in live during the show.

 

Guests:

* Arturo ArchuletaNew Mexico Land Grant Council

* Michael Casaus, New Mexico State Director of The Wilderness Society

* Audrey Kuykendall, Planning and Minerals Staff Offier, U.S. Forest Service-Carson National Forest

* Moises Morales, Rio Arriba County Clerk

* David Sanchez, New Mexico Stockman's Association

 

Additional Reading

* Forest Service site on Carson National Forest

* Forest Service site on the Carson Forest revision plan

* Forest Plan Renews Old Fight - Albuquerque Journal

* Wilderness Society article supporting revamped forest planning rules

* Federal Review Finds Discrimination In New Mexico, Colorado - AP

* Carson Forest Sees Plan As Chance To Be A Good Neighbor - Taos News

* Resolution by Northern NM Stockmen Asking For Halt On Wilderness Expansion

* USDA Civil Rights Report On Colorado and New Mexico

* Comments by Northern NM Stockman's Association on 2012 Plan Rule Directive