Salazar Visits Taos to Show Support for National MonumentBy Michael Frank on December 18th, 2012
A standing-room-only audience turned out in Taos this weekend overwhelmingly in favor of protecting a huge swath of public lands know as the Rio Grande del Norte, a 236,000-acre chunk of BLM land in the northern part of the state that members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation want given national protection. The lawmakers have introduced legislation that would create a monument on both sides of the Rio Grande Gorge. During the two-hour meeting at the Kachina Lodge with Salazar, dozens of local residents spoke about the environmental and cultural importance of the area. While the legislation has made little progress getting through Congress, Salazar told the Taos News after the meeting that he would be working on determining how best to get some sort of protection in place, be that through legislation or through a presidential proclamation. Via Taos News.
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