Y'all have probably seen pictures or heard of the crawling opportunities around Farmington New Mexico, Choke Cherry Canyon for example, well true to form, someone found out that people actually were having some fun out there and........
Last week we let you know about the Mountainair Ranger District Travel Management. This week, the alert takes us to the Four Corners area. The Farmington BLM Field Office has released a Proposed Action for the Management of the Glade Run Recreation Area just outside of Farmington, New Mexico. The public has until March 31 to comment during the BLM's official public 'Scoping' period. The BLM has presented three options, two of which would dramatically change the way OHV recreation is managed in the Glade.
'The Glade' is directly adjacent to the City of Farmington. It includes a rare 3,811 acre area designated as 'open' for cross country use and an additional 15,134 acres currently 'limited to designated roads and trails'. The entire area is a Special Recreation Management Area that is managed to provide for a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, including OHV recreation. The Glade is most famous for its truly world-class extreme rock crawling terrain and the many national-level 4WD competitions held there. It is also heavily used and enjoyed for a variety of other off road motorized recreation including both ATV's and motorcycles.
The BLM is proposing dramatic changes in how the area would be managed. They have presented two 'action' alternatives for the public to consider. In one alternative, approximately 8,000 acres would be managed specifically for motorized and non-motorized single-track. In the other alternative, the same 8,000 acres would be managed specifically for non-motorized recreation. In both of these alternatives, the 'open' area would continue as it is managed today and the rest of the Glade Run would continue to be managed for 'dispersed' motorized recreation limited to designated roads and trails only. In another interesting twist, until recently the Farmington BLM was planning a 60 miles ATV trail that would cross the area now being considered for single-track use only.
There will be a public meeting hosted on March 16th
by the Bureau of Land Management Farmington Field Office at San Juan College (4601 College Blvd, Farmington, NM), Henderson Fine Arts building room 9008 from 6 PM to 8:30 PM to review the alternatives.
Please visit the BLM website for full details on how you can comment on this proposal and keep watching the NMOHVA website as this situation develops.