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This is good stuff…
POSTED: 12:05 am SANTA FE — New Mexico is about to get a new national monument. Rio Grande del Norte, whose 240,000 acres encompass portions of the spectacular Rio Grande Gorge and Ute Mountain, will receive that designation with a proclamation scheduled to be signed by President Barack Obama on Monday, according to a White House official. Obama will make the designation under the federal Antiquities Act. This action will bypass Congress, which has failed to support efforts by the state’s congressional delegation since at least 2009 to further protect this area of Taos and Rio Arriba counties. The land has been managed by the Bureau of Land Management, which will continue to do so under the new designation, according to the White House official. The news drew applause from New Mexico’s senators and Rep. Ben Ray Luján, whose district covers that area. “I’m excited about it,” said Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., in a telephone interview. “That area has always been really special to me.” The designation “gives an overlay of protection to make sure that the viewsheds are not developed,” he said. “The idea is not to turn it into a Disneyland, but to protect it in the kind of undeveloped splendor that has always drawn people…” The lawmakers roundly praised former Sen. Jeff Bingaman, who first started working on the project in 2007. “Protecting the Río Grande del Norte means we are not only preserving this beautiful space, but ensuring that it will continue to be used by anglers, ranchers, and land grant heirs,” Bingaman said in a news release, adding his thanks to the Obama administration. “It is my hope that this decision has a very positive impact on the economy of the region.” Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said, “This is a victory for the people of Taos and Rio Arriba counties and will be a lasting part of Jeff’s legacy. I am proud to have been a part of such a successful effort to protect some of northern New Mexico’s most historically and culturally rich land for the benefit of locals and visitors.” Luján echoed the praise for Bingaman’s work, and said, “By working together with small businesses, local governments, Taos Pueblo and those who appreciate this pristine land for recreation, traditional and cultural uses, or finding inspiration—we have finally ensured that the history and future of the Río Grande del Norte will be protected and preserved.” Outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar visited the area in December to hear from local residents, most of whom spoke in favor of the national monument. The northern New Mexico designation has received widespread local support, with Taos Pueblo, Taos city and county governments, various conservation organizations, as well as individual businesses and the Taos and Mora Valley chambers of commerce backing the plan. A study by BBC Research & Consulting has estimated that making Rio Grande del Norte a national monument would create $15 million in new revenue annually and create 279 new jobs thanks to an increase in visitation to Taos and Rio Arriba counties, according to the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. Stretching from a deep part of the gorge west of Taos all the way to the Colorado border, the soon-to-be monument includes petroglyphs, archaeological sites, habitat for birds and other wildlife, and cultural resources stretching from ancient inhabitants to later Spanish settlers. Obama also is slated to create other national monuments in a signing ceremony on Monday: First State National Monument in Delaware; Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland; Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio, and San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington State. Rio Grande del Norte will be the first new national monument created in New Mexico since President Bill Clinton gave that designation to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument near Cochiti in 2001. — This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal
This was an email sent to me by Toner Mitchell – He works at the Reel Life in ABQ. This is awesome.
BTW… about 10 years ago a buddy and I were fishing the Chama and I swear I saw the biggest brown of my life… He rose to a BAT that was flying just about the water line.. I swear it was at least as 15 lbs….. That is my story and I am sticking to it
By March 5, the Bureau of Reclamation had run out of water to run from El Vado to Abiquiu and had to drop the flow to 150 cfs. From there, they were expecting to drop it further, potentially to 50 cfs, which would have endangered a great number of brown trout fry or alevins that DGF has said are on the verge of emerging from spawning gravels. This week, the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority decided to move some of their San Juan Chama water from El Vado to Abiquiu, effectively improving the odds of the juvenile browns surviving.
This is huge. For all the griping we do about people fishing over spawning fish and harvesting lunker browns, perhaps the greatest threat to the Chama brown trout fishery is the dewatering of active redds due to the agencies simply running out of options. Earlier this winter, BOR dug up some SJ Chama water to release from Heron, ONLY FOR THE SAKE OF OUR FISH, and here ABCWUA is doing their part to help in what promises to be a crappy water year. Perhaps we’ve all just been talking to one another, but it’s still more than any of us might have expected.
I think it would go a long way toward maintaining this spirit of cooperation if we all contacted John Stomp of ABCWUA – firstname.lastname@example.org – to express our appreciation for going beyond the call for us. Please copy his supervisor, Mark Sanchez, at email@example.com so that he too knows we appreciate them working on our behalf. It’s as simple as “As a member of Trout Unlimited (or “fisherman” or “sportsman”), I thank you for your efforts, etc.”
There will be similar water issues on all the tailwaters we fish, – the San Juan, Abiquiu, Conejos, Cimarron, and Costilla – especially in these dry times, so every tiny bit of good will we can create with fellow stakeholders will help us maintain and hopefully improve these fisheries. So please contact John at your earliest convenience.
I am going to post this same message on the Truchas Chapter Facebook page. Please go there and share the post; one doesn’t have to be a TU member to appreciate the value of this moment. But it’s important to get the message out.
Last week I spent some time at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe trying to get the word out on sportsman’s issues. The big ones that I was/am concerned about is the Game and Fishes Budget and trapping.
Basically, they were going to be cut by 13% over a budget that has been flat since 2008. They are currently down 61 positions most of those are Game and Fish Officers…
The other issue I was concerned about was the Anti-trapping Bill. I will stress that I am not a trapper but this was just a bad bill. Trapping is a needed and under-appreciated management tool.
Overall, I think we will get what I/we want but it is just a drag that we need to fight so hard for something that is right and we will have to fight again next year. The Anti-trapping contingent is well funded and will never stop trying to ban trapping. SO PLEASE GET INVOLVED…
The other thing that I found interesting is that unless you have a lobbyist or full-time staff that works on these issues it is very hard to get into the game. Persuading lawmakers is all about relationships, unless they know who you are and trust you, you are just another talking head.
After looking at some of these Senators desks it because pretty obvious that professional lobbyist are bringing our Senators food as gifts. Next year I am think about bringing little baggies of deer or elk jerky..