But now, you are offered a new road that is legal, easy to use and provides great access even for a trailer camper. Plus, as a tax payer, you do not even have to pay for that road. It’s being paid for by a rich rancher.
Not only that, but you will get established legal camping areas in a hunting place that is used to be a confusing maze of public and private land. First the first time, a hunter from another part of the state that doesn’t know the area can hunt there legally understanding what is private and what is state. The old ATV roads which caused massive damage are being closed off and there’s a possibility that the entire hunt will be designated a quality hunt by Fish and Game, who are assisting in the process.
Even better, if you love the Northern New Mexico landscapes, you can easily camp there in the summer and mountain bike or hike an area that rivals Ville Vidal in beauty. It is located in the heart of a million acres of wild land. The area is permanently protected from drilling as well.
Sounds like a good deal, doesn’t, if you are an environmentalist, hunter or just someone who cares about the land? So, why all this opposition?
Here’s my theory. Just maybe it is because the political powers, driven by some very well connected people who are hunters and mentioned in the article, have decided to put the interests of their faction above what is best for our children and grandchildren.
Politicians, including Ray Powell and Attorney General King, have lined up against what is best for the environment and hunters around the state (distorting the issues and confusing the public) ALL FOR THE MORA COUNTY VOTE. Politics trumps sound environmental policy.
To learn the history of this situation, see my website, www.whitepeakland.com
White's Peak Opposition - What New Mexicans Need To Know
The issues of the actual land trade are simple. The State Land Office is consolidating lands to increase their value and better manage the asset for the beneficiaries. People I talk with say "So why all the opposition?"
I have followed this issue with the utmost scrutiny for over 50 years. My interest and connection to this area began long before my birth. Two houses built by my mother's grandparents in the 1800's still stand in the heart of the White Peak area. I was raised in a lumber camp in the 30's just 4 miles to the east of White's Peak. I literally grew up on the land and to this day it's where I bring my children and grandchildren to recreate and hunt.
Local hunters have opposed every effort to solve the problems at White Peak for the last 50 years. With the present configuration, hunters are able to make use of both state and private lands and law enforcement is very difficult. To avoid the obvious, the hunting group distorts the facts, creates as much distraction as possible and gets politicians involved. Not all of GMU 48 around White’s Peak is open to the general public and private property should be respected if we are to continue to have access to the area! I would recommend to the hunters that they look at a copy of BLM surface management status maps to help understand the need to provide a scheme that will help define the areas that are not part of the State Trust Lands.
Access to the area from Ocate, through the Stanley Ranch is mostly if not all on private land and the risk of loosing access by that route is looming.
Don't simply believe what you hear or read. Make enquiries. Contact the State Land Office (505-827-5760) or read about it online:
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