NM counties concerned with forest travel planning

Posted at: 02/16/2013 1:48 PM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Leaders from New Mexico's 33 counties want to make sure the federal government gives them a seat at the table as the U.S. Forest Service decides which roads and trails should be closed to motorized traffic.

County leaders are expected to vote Saturday on a resolution addressing the agency's effort to establish travel management plans for millions of acres in New Mexico.

The resolution drafted by the New Mexico Association of Counties says the closing of some byways could have significant impacts for communities.

Travel management plans are already in place across the Lincoln National Forest in southern New Mexico and some districts on the Carson and Cibola forests.

The plan for the Santa Fe forest has spurred a lawsuit, and Gila forest is preparing to release its final plan this spring.

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