The Department of the Interior has issued an advisory stating that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will be holding a public hearing tomorrow, Saturday the 15th, in Taos to “explore the best path forward to preserve and protect the Río Grande del Norte in northern New Mexico.” This is a huge step towards securing permanent protection for the Rio Grande del Norte, and ensuring that future generations will be able to use and enjoy the area as it exists today. Stay tuned for more updates.
From the DOI media advisory:
TAOS, NM – As part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors program, on Saturday, December 15, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will host a public listening session to explore the best path forward to preserve and protect the Río Grande del Norte in northern New Mexico. Secretary Salazar will be joined by U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján and Bureau of Land Management State Director for New Mexico Jesse Juen.
“I look forward to hearing from New Mexicans about what the Río Grande del Norte means to their community and what their vision is for its future,” said Secretary Salazar. “Public lands provide huge economic benefits to communities through tourism and outdoor recreation, and the Río Grande del Norte is no exception. We need to ensure that generations to come have the opportunity to experience this iconic western landscape.”
For more information on the where and when of the public meeting, here is the complete Department of the Interior media advisory.