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BLM seeks public comment on two issues

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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on two upcoming matters that concern New Mexico as well as other states.

The BLM manages 245 million acres nationwide and 13.5 million acres in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. It also manages hundreds of millions of acres of subsurface mineral rights nationwide.

• The public has until Feb. 7 to comment about a proposed oil and gas lease sale scheduled to occur online May 21. The sale will involve 102 parcels and 46,366 acres of land in Wise County, Texas, and Eddy, Lea, Rio Arriba and Chaves counties in New Mexico; 84 of the parcels are in Chaves County. People must comment online through the ePlanning section of the BLM website, blm.gov. For more information, contact BLM Land Law Examiner Lourdes Ortiz, 505-954-2136.

• The agency is also asking for assistance in identifying BLM lands that allow hunting, fishing or other recreational uses by the public, but that have no legal public access or significantly restricted access. The information will be used to create a report to Congress about options for providing access to such properties and to aid the agency in implementing the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act. The public recommendation period will run from Jan. 31 to Feb. 29. Comments are to be made via the ePlannning section of the website, blm.gov.

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