Sale of BLM Land in Lopez, NM

Catron Courier - - News -

The BLM re­leased its fi­nal en­vi­ron­men­tal anal­y­sis of the Luis Lopez Ceme­tery Ex­pan­sion Non-Com­pet­i­tive Di­rect Sale Re­source Man­age­ment Plan Amend­ment and sub­se­quent Non-Com­pet­i­tive Di­rect Sale of a 2.72-acre par­cel of pub­lic land. The par­cel is lo­cated in the un­in­cor­po­rated town of Luis Lopez, 5 miles south of So­corro, NM. The San Jose Catholic Ceme­tery is sur­rounded on three sides by the par­cel. Given the lo­ca­tion, the ownership of the sur­round­ing lands, and the pub­lic need to ex­pand the ex­ist­ing ceme­tery, the BLM has de­ter­mined the par­cel will be of­fered to the Ro­man Catholic Church of the Arch­dio­cese of Santa Fe San Miguel Parish, at not less than the ap­praised mar­ket value. A 30-day protest pe­riod ends on May 25, 2020.

In­struc­tions for fil­ing a protest with the Di­rec­tor of the BLM re­gard­ing the Fi­nal EA/RMP amend­ment is at­ing-a-plan­protest and at 43 CFR 1610.5-2.

Protests will be ac­cepted from any per­son who par­tic­i­pated in the plan­ning process and has an in­ter­est which is or may be ad­versely af­fected by the ap­proval of the RMP Amend­ment. A protest may raise only those is­sues which were sub­mit­ted for the record dur­ing the plan­ning process.

The protest shall con­tain: (i) The name, mail­ing ad­dress, tele­phone num­ber and in­ter­est of the per­son fil­ing the protest; (ii) A state­ment of the is­sue or is­sues be­ing protested; (iii) A state­ment of the part or parts of the plan or amend­ment be­ing protested; (iv) A copy of all doc­u­ments ad­dress­ing the is­sue or is­sues that were sub­mit­ted dur­ing the plan­ning process by the protest­ing party or an in­di­ca­tion of the date the is­sue or is­sues were dis­cussed for the record; and (v) A con­cise state­ment ex­plain­ing why the State Di­rec­tor's de­ci­sion is be­lieved to be wrong.

You may sub­mit protests through the BLM ePlan­ning project web­site at https://

Writ­ten protests can be sent reg­u­lar mail to: Di­rec­tor (210), Attn: Protest Co­or­di­na­tor, P.O. Box 261117, Lake­wood, CO 80226, or o vernight mail to: Di­rec­tor (210), Attn: Protest Co­or­di­na­tor, 2850 Young­field Street, Lake­wood, CO 80215.

Be ad­vised that your en­tire protest, in­clud­ing your per­sonal iden­ti­fy­ing in­for­ma­tion, may be made pub­licly avail­able at any time. You may re­quest that the BLM with­hold your per­sonal iden­ti­fy­ing in­for­ma­tion from pub­lic re­view, but we can­not guar­an­tee we will be able to do so.

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