Environmental Studies


The following environmental plans and studies are presented in this report:

Carson National Forest

Rio Grande Trail

Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Area

Rio Grande del Norte

Pecos Wilderness

Taos Land Trust: The Taos County Community Conservation Plan

Taos Land Trust: Conceptual Trails Plan

Cerros del Norte Conservation Act

The Taos Resource Management Plan (RMP), 2011
Taos Resource Management Plan, 1988. rev 2006

Forest and Water Climate Adaptation: A Plan for Taos County

High Performance Building Ordinance

Challenge 2030

Mesa Green Guide / Sustain Taos

2009 Taos County Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) Update
Enchanted Circle Regional CWPP
The Village of Questa CWPP

Fire Management Plan, USDA Forest Service, Southwestern Region

Taos Rural Historic Landscape Study (2007)

Taos Green Infrastructure Plan (2004)

Miscellaneous press reports

Town adopted resolutions

Documents from the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources






Press reports (general):
Taos Canyon power line route proposed
Forest Service to decide if studies move ahead

THE FIRST IN A TWO-PART SERIES
By Cody Hooks, chooks@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 10/19/2017

Filling the void
Power project looks to bank on changing energy mix

THE SECOND IN A TWO-PART SERIES
By Cody Hooks, chooks@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 10/26/2017

Taos rivers: A little less wild, a little less scenic
Environmentalists want more protections as Forest Service culls unremarkable streams

By Cody Hooks, chooks@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 10/26/2017

KCEC touts solar arrays
By Staci Matlock, editor@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 5/4/2017

Influx of corporate dollars could mean more restoration in Valle Vidal
By J.R. Logan, jrlogan@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 10/27/2016

My Turn
Taosenos should be concerned about geothermal development of Jemez Mountains
Marilyn Gayle Hoff
The Taos News, 10/20/2016

Party animals (re)make a home along the RIo Grande
By Cody Hooks . chooks@taosnews.com .
The Taos News, 7/28/2016

My Turn
Another view on banning pesticides
Sean Walker
The Taos News, 7/14/2016

My Turn
Coyote control efforts have the ‘opposite effect’
Judy Paulsen
The Taos News, 6/2/2016

My Turn
On the role of the Taos Land Trust
Christopher M. Smith & Kristina Ortez de Jones
The Taos News, 3/10/2016

My Turn
Preserving what we have
John MacArthur
The Taos News, 2/11/2016

My Turn
A modest addition to the Pecos Wilderness
John Miles
The Taos News, 2/4/2016

Concerns voiced over shortfalls in CYFD’s child care plan
By Cynthia Miller, The New Mexican
The Taos News, 2/4/2016

Editorial
Benefits of thinning our forests are plentiful
The Taos News, 1/28/2016

My Turn
Renewing resilience, productivity in the Sangre de Cristos
Mark Schuet
The Taos News, 1/28/2016

Ambitious effort seeks to restore forests, protect water
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 1/21/2016

Town survey tallies health of urban forest
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 12/2/2015

Data on global warming
By Jack Daseler
For The Taos News, 12/2/2015/2015

Chevron agrees to pay $4M for water, habitat damage
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 10/29/2015

Wilderness effort meets resistance from Penasco natives
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 10/8/2015

Addressing historic mines part of Red River fixes
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 8/27/2015

UNM-Taos cultivates climate-change scientists
By Cody Hooks
The Taos News, 7/30/2015

My Turn
Who is protecting New Mexico’s waters?
Rachel Conn
The Taos News, 7/16/2015

Federal ruling could give co-op new renewable options
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 7/16/2015

Debate on Pilar cell tower goes to commissioners
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 7/9/2015

Taos Land Trust expands scope
Staff report
The Taos News, 7/9/2015Commission OKs expansion in ongoing airport debate
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 7/16/2015
Commission OKs expansion in ongoing airport debate
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 7/16/2015
Commission OKs expansion in ongoing airport debate
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 7/16/2015

Illegal dumping threatens Northern New Mexico’s sensitive sites and waterways
By Margaret Wright, The New Mexican
The Taos News, 7/2/2015

My Turn
We are allowed to think like mountains
Jim Kristofic
The Taos News, 6/25/2015

My Turn
‘There is no substitute for healthy streams and rivers’
The Taos News, 6/18/2015

Report: 50 bird species in New Mexico may lose habitat due to climate change
By Staci Matlock, The New Mexican
The Taos News, 9/18/2014

Lynx but not their habitats to be protected in New Mexico
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 9/18/2014

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Pecos Wilderness

Wilderness advocates say poll shows support for Pecos expansion
By J.R. Logan, jrlogan@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 9/22/2016

My Turn
Human powered, but still machines — bicycles do not belong in wilderness
Emily Sadow
The Taos News, 9/22/2016

My Turn
Two percent is a small amount of land to ask for — unless it’s yours
David Sipp
The Taos News, 9/15/2016

My Turn
Find common ground in debate on wilderness expansion
John Miles
The Taos News, 9/1/2016

Letters
Valid arguments against Pecos designation
KAY MATTHEWS, El Valle
The Taos News, 8/11/2016

My Turn
The truth about the ‘Protect the Pecos’ campaign
John Olivas, Roberta Salazar and Max Trujillo
The Taos News, 7/28/2016

My Turn
O’Donnell opposes expansion of Pecos Wilderness
Candyce O’Donnell
The Taos News, 7/21/2016

My Turn
A modest addition to the Pecos Wilderness
John Miles
The Taos News, 2/4/2016

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Cerros del Norte Conservation Act



Carson Forest

Carson Forest accepting comment on plan
Staff report
The Taos News, 1/21/2016

Carson plan revision enters next phase
By J.R. Logan    
The Taos News, 10/29/2015

Miranda Canyon property added to National Forest
— Staff Report
The Taos News, 10/15/2015

Carson Forest sees plan as chance to be good ‘neighbor’
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 7/23/2015

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Rio Grande Trail
According to leak, feds call for tribal co-management of national monument
By Cody Hooks; chooks@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 9/21/2017

Fate of Rio Grande del Norte National Monument unsure
By Cody Hooks, chooks@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 8/31/2017

Rio Grande Trail project sails through Legislature
By Staci Matlock, The New Mexican
The Taos News, 3/26/2015

Bill would advance plan for 500-mile Rio Grande Trail
By Milan Simonich and Staci Matlock, The New Mexican
Printed in The Taos News, 2/26/2015

Editorial
Create a Rio Grande Trail? We’d make that trek
The Taos News, 2/26/2015

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Rio Grande del Norte

Visit the Rio Grande del Norte web site

Local news reports:

Monument to move forward
By Cody Hooks, chooks@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 10/5/2017

Grazing, roads unchanged in monument, despite claims in federal review
By Cody Hooks. chooks@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 9/28/2017

Udall drums up more support for national monument
By Cody Hooks, chooks@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 7/27/2017

Rio Grande del Norte dragged into monument debate
By Cody Hooks, chooks@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 5/4/2017

Editorial
Leave the monument designations alone, including the Rio Grande del Norte.
The Taos News, 5/4/2017

My Turn
Defending our Land of Enchantment
Mark Gallegos and Tom Blankenhorn
The Taos News, 5/4/2017

My Turn
Rio Grande del Norte National Monument a ‘star on the map in Northern New Mexico’
Jim Fambro, Mark Gallegos and Tom Blankenhorn
The Taos News, 12/22/2016

My Turn
Our national monuments are threatened by New Mexico officials, too
Nick Streit and Ivan Valdez
The Taos News, 12/8/2016

My Turn
Altering Rio Grande del Norte would be detriment to businesses, public, wildlife
Dan Irion
The Taos News, 12/8/2016

‘Over my dead body’
Rhetoric heats up as conservationists fear the worst

By J.R. Logan, jrlogan@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 12/1/2016

My Turn
Raise a glass to wilderness in Rio Grande del Norte
Dan Irion
The Taos News, 6/23/2016

Key wilderness designations part of Senate energy bill
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 5/5/2016

De la Tierra
Rio Grande: The Great River
By Steve Tapia
The Taos News, 12/31/2015

More money for monument in federal budget bill
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 12/23/2015

My Turn
A not-so-good very bad deal
Meg Scherch Peterson
The Taos News, 8/27/2015

Wilderness status proposed for San Antonio, Ute Mountain
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 5/1/2015

My Turn
Rio Grande del Norte’s anniversary is a good reminder of what a gift it is
Garrett VeneKlasen
The Taos News, 4/16/2015

Tri-State drops monument transmission line proposal
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 4/9/2015 

My Turn
Economic resource slighted
Diane Gledhill
The Taos News, 8/14/2014

Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area plan approved
Staff Report
The Taos News, 2/6/2014

BLM wants advice on Rio Grande del Norte
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 1/23/2014

My Turn
‘Nothing to celebrate about national monument’
A.M. Martinez
The Taos News, 6/27/2013

Land buy to provide access to monument
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 5/30/2013

Federal, local advocates fete Rio Grande del Norte
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 4/4/2013

Business owners: Optimism, uncertainty in Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 4/4/2013

My Turn
Thank you from the Village of Questa
Mayor Esther Garcia

Rio Grande del Norte: Monumental feat
Obama OKs status as Taosenos celebrate

By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 3/28/2013

Monument expected to boost local economy
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 3/28/2013

Editorial
Rio Grande del Norte National Monument: Unity brings great results
The Taos News, 3/28/2013

My Turn
‘These lands are in our very DNA’
Darren CÚrdova
The Taos News, 3/28/2013

My Turn
A community success: °Viva El Rio Grande del Norte!
Ron Gardiner
The Taos News, 3/28/2013

Commissioner backs Rio Grande del Norte
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 3/14/2013

United for wilderness protection
Udall, Heinrich and LujŠn meet Taos coalition

By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 2/21/2013

Letters
Protecting the Rio Grande del Norte
CHRIS PIEPER, Arroyo Seco
The Taos News, 2/21/2013

Rio Grande del Norte legislation refiled
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 2/14/2013

Editorial
Resubmitted bill to conserve Rio Grande del Norte promising to area
The Taos News, 2/14/2013

My Turn
Make Rio Grande del Norte a national treasure
K. Pearce
The Taos News, 2/14/2013

My Turn
Support for Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
Mya Coursey
The Taos News, 1/31/2013

Interior Secretary urged to protect Rio Grande del Norte
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News. 12/20/2012

My Turn
A Rio Grande del Norte national monument makes economic sense
Adriana Blake
The Taos News, 11/22/2012

Senators seek Rio Grande monument status
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 11/1/2012

MY TURN
What the Rio Grande del Norte means to me
Mark Cassius
The Taos News, 11/1/2012

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Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Area


There is strong community suopport for the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Area.
You can follow news coverage here.

My Turn
Columbine-Hondo Wilderness: Finally!
Eric E. Patterson
The Taos News, 2/12/2015

My Turn
Columbine-Hondo: Land with a wealth of traditions
Erminio Martinez
The Taos News, 2/12/2015

My Turn
In search of our home ground
Meg Peterson
The Taos News, 12/24/2014

Wilderness status won’t mean big changes
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 12/24/2014

Wilderness advocates set sights on Pecos expansion
by J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 12/20/2014

Columbine/Hondo hinges on Obama
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 12/18/2014

Editorial
Congrats on Columbine/ Hondo but other enviro issues are pressing
The Taos News, 12/18/2014

Columbine/Hondo heads for approval
Some worry lands package a net loss for environment
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 12/11/201

Columbine/ Hondo tacked on to defense bill
By J. R. Logan
The Taos News, 12/4/2014

Columbine/Hondo bill one step closer to approval
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 11/20/2014

My Turn
A perspective from the mountain bike community on the Columbine-Hondo wilderness
Ben Thomas
The Taos News, 11/6/2014

Sen. Heinrich’s birthday hike hypes Columbine/Hondo
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News,  10/23/2014

Columbine-Hondo: NM delegation voices support
Staff report
The Taos News, 11/27/2013

My Turn
Working to preserve Columbine Hondo
Roberta Salazar
The Taos News, 7/18/2013

Act proposes Ute, San Antonio wildernesses
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News,  5/23/2013

My Turn
Columbine Hondo deserves lasting protection
Chris Ellis
The Taos News, 5/23/2013

Editorial
Congress: Preserve Columbine-Hondo as a wilderness forever
The Taos News, 5/2/2013

Earth Day bill filed for Columbine-Hondo
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 4/25/2013

Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act reintroduced for Taos County
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 4/23/2013

United for wilderness protection
Udall, Heinrich and LujŠn meet Taos coalition

By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 2/21/2013

Alliance hike highlights Columbine-Hondo
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 8/2/2012

My Turn
Preserving Columbine Hondo close to our hearts
PENNIE HERRERA WARDLOW
The Taos News, 7/12/2012

My Turn
Spending National Trails Day on land that should be protected
TERRY CHASTAIN
The Taos News, 6/21/12

Wilderness group brings attention to Ute Mountain
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, June 14, 2012

Sen. Bingaman introduces Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 5/3/2012

Unified front for Columbine-Hondo area Wilderness seekers,
cyclists back proposed legislation for preservation

By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 4/12/12

My Turn
Wilderness designation critical for wildlife
JON KLINGEL
The Taos News, 3/15/2012

MY TURN
‘Keeping backcountry areas intact is so needed’
JOANIE BERDE
The Taos News, 2/16/12

MY TURN
Honoring the land for the greater good
DAVID ARG‹ELLO
The Taos News, 1/26/2012

My Turn
Biking, Columbine Hondo: The case for wilderness
JOHN OLIVAS
The Taos News, 1/19/12

MY TURN
‘Preserve the remnants of wild earth that remain in Taos County’
JOHN NICHOLS
The Taos News, 12/22/11

MY TURN
Keep biking where it has historically been allowed
DOUG PICKETT
The Taos News, 12/22/11

Cyclists seek access to Columbine-Hondo trails
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 12/15/2011

EDITORIAL
Keeping our wilderness areas wild and scenic
The Taos News, 12/08/2011

Concerns raised over Tri-State’s access to forest
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 12/08/2011

My Turn
‘Once a wilderness is lost, it is lost forever’
Eric E. Patterson
TheTaos News, 12/01/2011

My Turn
Wolves, national wildlife refuges on the line

DAVID L. WITT
The Taos News, 11/23/2011

Seeking wilderness status for 46,000 acres
Groups unite to preserve Columbine-Hondo area
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 11/17/2011

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The Taos Resource Management Plan (RMP)

The Taos Resource Management Plan (RMP) represents the work of many Bureau employees and members of the public over the past twenty years. The intent is to provide general management direction for public lands in the Planning Area, and guide all land and resource actions to achieve plan decisions.

Prepared by the U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, this plan is again being revised and updated. 

The Proposed Taos Resource Management Plan can be read in its entirety at http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/fo/Taos_Field_Office.html. It is also available at the Taos Field Office, 226 Cruz Alta Road. Protests can be mailed to: BLM Director (210), Attention: Brenda Williams, P.O. Box 66538, Washington, D.C. 20035.

BLM releases proposed Taos resource plan
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 12/08/2011

BLM releases 15-year management strategy, includes Rio Grande
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 11/17/2011

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Forest and Water Climate Adaptation:
A Plan for Taos County


Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
Model Forest Policy Program
Cumberland River Compact

Editors:
Toby Thaler, JD; Todd Crossett;
Will Paddock, MBA; Gwen Griffith, DVM, MS

Published: December 2010

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High Performance Building Ordinance


Town of Taos Ordinance 09-03: An ordinance of the Town Council of the Town of Taos adding a new section to the Taos Building Code creating the High Performance Building Program. 
(Passed February 24, 2009)

Town leaves energy code intact
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 10/24/2013

Town, county sign energy resolution
By Elizabeth Cleary
The Taos News, 10/24/2013

Models for the HPBO have been developed by the following organizations:

U.S. Green Building Council

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Build Green New Mexico

Build Green New Mexico is a voluntary program, the purpose of BGNM is to encourage homebuilders to use technologies, products and practices that will:
  • Provide greater energy efficiency and reduce pollution
  • Provide healthier indoor air
  • Reduce water usage
  • Preserve natural resources
  • Improve durability and reduce maintenance
Santa Fe Green Building Code

The City of Santa Fe forma a Green Building Code Task Force to develop a compusory green building code. This code is modeled after the Green Build New Mexico program and address: Lot design, preparation and development; Resource efficiency; Energy efficiency; Water efficiency; Indoor environmental quality; Operation, maintenance, and homeowner education; and Global impact.

Albuquerque Green Path Program

The Green Path program encourages, and facilitates, voluntary design and construction of energy efficient buildings that:

    * Substantially exceed code minimum.
    * Only the most energy efficient buildings meet Green Path criteria.
    * Green Path Energy Conservation Certificates, issued with the building permit, are official recognition by the Green Path Administrator of the extraordinary level of achievement these projects represent.
    * Albuquerque Green certificates are issued at completion of high-performance green building projects.

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Challenge 2030


The Town of Taos Council adopted Resolution 09-14 "To adopt the 2030 Challenge"  February 24, 2009.  The 2030 Challenge demands an immediate reduction of 50% of fossil fuel energy consumption for all new construction, and the elimination of fossil fuel energy consumption for all new construction by the year 2030.  The HPBO Resolution (09-03), passed at the same meeting, calls for a reduction of energy use of 30% phased in over three years, and does not provide for any non-fossil fuel energy sources.  We have asked Matt Foster, the Town's long-range planner, to reconcile these apparent differences.  We'll let you know what we find out.

The HPBO Steering Committee at its June 18 meeting voted unanimously to encourage the Taos Town Council to adopt the 2030 Challenge.  The goal of this program is to limit global warming to 1oC above today's level.

We have downloaded the following documents:
Town, county sign energy resolution
By Elizabeth Cleary
The Taos News, 10/24/2013
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Town adopted resolutions
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New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources

A division of New Mexico Tech, and located in  Socorro, this Bureau maintains a wealth of geologic and water resource data for Taos County.  This data is intended to provide an independent and objective base for policy development and planning.  Click here to obtain a list of relevant documents.

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Mesa Green Guide / Sustain Taos


Mesa Green Guide, the newest publication from local writer and editor Sharon Leach, has released its first issue, which is concerned with providing a practical look at sustainable energy options in Northern New Mexico.

The publication will be released annually, and avail≠able free of charge at news≠stands.

For information, call Sharon Leach at (575) 776-1069 or email her at sharonl@taosnet.com.

Formerly from Sustain Taos:

Among many of its activities, Sustain Taos publishes an annual Green Guide.  These publications address a significant void in the Town's planning activity, one that deserves early attention.
Contact Brigid Meier @ 771-7581 or brigidm@laplaza.org to obtain copies of these guides.

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2009 Taos County CWPP Update (pdf 8.0mb)

In early 2008 the New Mexico Wildfire Planning Task Force returned the CWPP plan to Taos County to be resubmitted to address plan omissions. Thereafter Taos County contracted the Land & Water Clinic to meet these requirements which were accomplished by convening the Taos County CWPP CORE Team. The meetings were held and well attended and the CWPP resubmission was accepted by the New Mexico Wildfire Planning Task Force in 2008.

Planning effort considers broad effects of catastrophic wildfire
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 7/23/2015

Growing awareness of wildfire comes amid renewed planning
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 5/28/2015

The original Taos County CWPP is available here.

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Enchanted Circle Regional Fire Protection Association
Annual Wildfire Operating Plan & Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)


Efforts to develop this plan were begun in August of 2004 by the Enchanted Circle Regional Fire Protection Association (ECRFPA).  The planning area for this Protection Zone overlays and incorporates parts of Colfax and Taos Counties, and the incorporated municipalities of Angel Fire, Eagle Nest, Taos, Taos Ski Valley, Questa and Red River. It also includes the Pueblos of Taos and Picuris. The focus of this planning effort has been to produce a document that is practical and useful at the local level. The planning process will be on-going on an annual cycle.

Planning effort considers broad effects of catastrophic wildfire
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 7/23/2015

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The Village of Questa Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)

The Questa CWPP is intended to help the community of Questa to address issues of wildfire prevention and preparation. The narratives and the photos that accompany the Questa CWPP are to help you as residents understand the concepts of developing or improving defensible space and how to reduce ignitability and protect homes and structures on your private property.

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Fire Management Plan

USDA Forest Service, Southwestern Region
Carson National Forest
2007

Federal agencies responsible for management of public lands capable of sustaining wildland fires are mandated to prepare a Fire Management Plan (FMP). The purpose is to define and document a fire management program to achieve land and resource management objectives in the approved Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP)

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Taos Green Master Plan


The Taos Green Infrastructure Plan (2004) is a common-sense framework for the development of an Open Space and Recreation Master Plan for parks, recreation and natural resource protection in the Town of Taos and Taos County.

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Taos Rural Historic Landscape Study (2007)

Taos Land Trust was contracted by the Town of Taos to complete an inventory and recommendations regarding properties within and adjacent to Town of Taos (what at the time was the Extraterritorial Zone) that qualify for nomination for Rural Historic Landscape (RHL) designation under the National Historic Preservation Act.

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Taos Resource Management Plan, 1988. rev 2006 (pdf 4.1MB)

The Taos Resource Management Plan (RMP) represents the work of many Bureau employees and members of the public over the past twenty years. The intent is to provide general management direction for public lands in the Planning Area, and guide all land and resource actions to achieve plan decisions.

Prepared by the U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management

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