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Protect & Preserve Glorieta/Rowe Mesa


Glorietamesa.org is an umbrella organization consisting of ranchers, horseback riders, hikers, environmentalists, wood-gatherers, residents, hunters and off-roaders, who are dedicated to protecting Glorieta Mesa from forces which threaten our traditional rural way of life.


UPDATE:   (Jun 1, 2013)

The Forest Service has released the Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM). Maps are available for free at all of the Santa Fe National Forest offices. See the Santa Fe National Forest's Travel Management Page for more information.


UPDATE:   (Jul 9, 2012)

The Forest Service has released it's Final Environmental Impact Statement for Travel Management on the Santa Fe National Forest (FEIS). In it, the Forest Service has "decided" on a modified Alternative 2 which they called Alternative 2M. It is disastrous for Glorieta/Rowe Mesa because unlike Alternative 2, it opens up essentially all roads to ATVs, dirt bikes, and other non-highway legal vehicles.

We are fighting this cave-in to the off-roaders who are less than 5% of the users of the Santa Fe National Forest, yet do the most damage and cause the most conflicts with other users. If you agree with us, please contact Santa Fe Forest Supervisor Maria Garcia and let her know that changing Alternative 2 to allow non-highway legal vehicles on the Mesa is absolutely unacceptable. Also, contact your County and State representatives. Please see the Contact List for names and contact information.

See the Forest Service's Press Release on their FEIS.

The clock is now ticking on a 45 day comment period, so time is of the essence.


UPDATE:   (Aug 9, 2010)

The Forest Service has released it's proposals for motorized routes on Glorieta Mesa, and more specifically, which roads can be used for ATV's, and recreational off-road vehicles. They are presenting the public with 5 alternatives of the motor vehicle use map and are seeking input from the public on these alternatives. Note that the comment period ends on September 30 so don't put it off too long!

Glorietamesa.org endorses Alternative 3

Alternative 3 is a well-balanced and environmental alternative, allowing for minimal off-road vehicle activity on the Mesa while protecting our traditional culture and natural resources. Alternative 3 is also the alternative that most closely matches the proposal that Glorietamesa.org presented to the Forest Service.

This is how you can support Alternative 3 and give your input:

1. Attend any of the upcoming public meetings and let the Forest Service know (in writing) that you support Alternative 3.

Local Meetings

     Wednesday, August 11, 6:00-8:30 pm, Pecos High School Cafeteria, State Road 63, Pecos NM
     Saturday, 8/14, 9:30am-12:00pm, FS Supervisor’s Office, 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe NM

See the full schedule of public meetings.

2. Send an email to sftravelmgt@fs.fed.us stating that you support Alternative 3 and give reasons such as it protects traditional culture and our natural resources.

3. Call the Forest Service directly: Julie Bain at (505) 438-5443, and state that you support Alternative 3.

Try to get as many environmentally conscious folks to give their input on these proposals, asking them to support Alternative. Our Mesa is at stake and now is the time we need all of your input.

Links

     Santa Fe National Forest Travel Management

     DEIS documents and maps

     Schedule of public meetings


RECENT NEWS:

2010 Sep 19 Rogue Riders Spoil Forest for Rest of Us - Today, the weather is still great, but the elk are gone. Meadows and hillsides are rutted from off-road vehicle use. And, from every mountaintop, you hear the roar of motors.
 
2010 Sep 18 Apply Gulf-spill lessons to forest's travel-management plan - Like our neighbors on the Gulf Coast, we too have a unique natural wonder right in our front yard: the Santa Fe National Forest. The Forest Service is considering five alternative plans to limit off-road-vehicle use in the public forest. Regulation is clearly needed. Currently, there are zero constraints, and the forest is the worse for it.
 
2010 Aug 25 Travel Plan Will Reduce Forest Ruin - MOTORIZED RECREATION, less than 4 percent of forest users, has left a wake of destruction in the Jemez. Less than a decade ago, it was not only possible, but easy to find places of solitude. The wonders of the natural world were available and close to anyone who wished to sample them. Then came the motorized tide. Suddenly, our mountains became a glorified motocross track, destination for every manner of unlicensed machine.
 
2010 Aug 18 Just Bad Apples - A recent letter writer claimed that if the Forest Service does not implement specific off-road vehicle routes (in the Jemez Mountains), the off-road vehicle users will disobey the law and ride wherever they choose.
 
2010 Aug 12 Discontent lingers with forest off-road travel plans - When Theodore Roosevelt established the national forest system in 1905, it was to protect natural resources and promote recreation. But whose type of recreation? And how do you decide what is the right balance?
 
2010 Aug 10 Albuquerque Speak Up for Santa Fe National Forest - WE ALL LOVE the Santa Fe National Forest, that close and lush getaway from our steamy metropolitan areas. The public now has an opportunity over the next few weeks to comment on the Forest Service's five alternative management plans and influence their decision process. Alternative 3 will give the greatest protection to the most valuable natural resource the forest provides — its watersheds. Nationally, 20 percent of our water comes from national forest lands. In New Mexico, the percentage is higher: one third of our water comes from these lands.
 
2010 Aug 10 Albuquerque Motors Belong on Roads, Not in Woods - THE SANTA FE National Forest is to be commended for finally proposing management of the rampant uncontrolled and destructive motorized abuses on the forest. Offroad vehicle abuse has fragmented wildlife habitat, caused extensive erosion, polluted our precious water, and interfered with other forest recreation users from hunters to hikers.
 
2010 Aug 8 Forest health first - the politically correct tone of the editorial, playing to a currently popular "don't tread on me" sentiment, frames what is in fact a personal-responsibility matter as a personal-freedom matter. The real issue here is not what "I" want to be able to continue to do, but what "we" ­ including the forest itself ­ need to do so that all may thrive.
 
2010 Aug 8 Manage, not close - Your Aug. 1 editorial, "Public-land limits? Feds, tread carefully," lacks understanding of the issues related to travel management in the Santa Fe National Forest. The statement that "it could also amount to wholesale closing of public land" is not even remotely possible and needlessly alarming.
 
2010 Aug 04 Off-Roading Too Damaging to Our Forests - As New Mexico continues to suffer from the effects of global warming it becomes even more critical for us to take care of our public lands. Off-road vehicles are simply a destructive luxury that we cannot afford. We are in a crisis situation for New Mexico forests, water and wildlife.
 
2010 Aug 01 Public-land limits? Feds, tread carefully - It isn't just the makeshift roads they carve across the grasslands, sage and chamisa; it's the headwater erosion they leave in their wake that's got state Environment Secretary Ron Curry calling on the federal Environmental Protection Agency to exercise enforcement powers separate from those of the thin-spread Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management...
 
2010 Jul 31 Cañada de los Alamos forest needs our help - The Santa Fe National Forest travel management proposal contains two alternatives that allow off-road vehicles in the Cañada forest. ORVs have created severe erosion and damage to the forest floor, driven wildlife out, driven many people out who used to come for quiet recreation and endanger those who still come...
 
2010 Jul 30 Forest Service Right To Scale Back Vehicle Use - It's not about keeping everyone out of the forest. It's about keeping the forest healthy for everyone. That's what the U.S. Forest Service's Travel Management Plan is ­ and has to be ­ about. What current policy and practice is about ­ a free-for-all that allows damage to watersheds, destruction of wildlife habitats and desecration of cultural resources ­ isn't working. The Forest Service considers such "unmanaged recreation" one of the top four threats to its forests...
 
2010 Jul 24 Collaboration key to Forest Service travel-management plan in New Mexico - The Santa Fe National Forest has just released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Travel Management that offers several alternatives for a travel system, all of which reduce the places where people can drive motorized vehicles on the forest...
 
2010 Jul 11 Off-Road Vehicles Destroying Forests - I visited the Jemez Mountains two years ago and was stunned by the damage done by off-road vehicles. Last month I visited the same areas and the devastation was heartbreaking. The Jemez is not alone in suffering; off-road destruction pervades the eastside of the Santa Fe National Forest and all New Mexico forests. Rutted dirt bike trails cover the Jemez; ATV tracks lead into the Santa Fe Watershed.
 
2010 Jul 4 Wild Rivers Not for Vehicles - Tire tracks along the riverbed and ruts at some of the crossings were disturbing, but the ambience was bucolic. Then we heard it, the dull roar coming down the canyon. "Surely they'll see the sign and turn back at Mule Creek," I said. Cherie shook her head. "Sounds like they're on a mission," she said. An hour later four street-legal 4-wheel drive vehicles drove right through our camp.
 
2010 Jul 3 Environment Department urges more control of off-road vehicles - New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ron Curry said the Forest Service should do more to protect streams and rivers from off-highway vehicles, especially in the Jemez Mountains. Curry has visited the area a few times in the last year at the request of a resident. "We're just trying to say the problem is still there and the problem is getting worse," Curry said...
 
2010 Feb Report off-highway vehicle violations on new hotline - The next time you see an ATV, dirt bike or other off-highway vehicle in violation of state OHV laws, take the time to gather some information and call the state's new toll-free OHV Violations Hotline, (800) 366-4868.
 

BACKGROUND:

The Forest Service is in the process of implementing Travel Management for all National Forests in the U.S. The current map of roads and trails (phase III map) of roads and trails designated for Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use essentially turns the National Forest on Glorieta/Rowe Mesa into an ATV/Dirt Bike/Jeep playground. We are opposed to this for the many reasons stated in our petition.

Though the Travel Management process has been moving through it's various phases since 2004, surprisingly few people are aware of this, including people with property adjacent to proposed routes, or what it means to our National Forests, especially on Glorieta/Rowe Mesa where tremendous damage has already been done, restorative action has not been taken, and the eco-system is fragile.

The various Forest Service districts will submit their proposed maps of OHV roads and trails to the national office for review and approval in January, 2008. Please don't wait till then. The Forest Service proposal is currently being revised and we need to give them our views as soon as possible. It is critical that we alert people and TAKE ACTION!


WHAT YOU CAN DO:

  1. Become Informed – see our flyer with the proposed map, read the Forest Service documents on Forest Service documents on their website, and see the many links and pages on the articles page, and the studies & reports page. Also, learn about who is behind the Blue Ribbon Coalition.
  2. Sign our petitionprint the petition, sign it, and mail it to us (address at bottom).
  3. Write Letters – write letters to local newspapers and magazines.
  4. Contact officials – at the Forest Service and in the Government, and express your views on this matter.
  5. Get on our email list - by sending an email to: info@glorietamesa.org
  6. Spread the word – alert you friends to this issue, including those out of state. This is a national issue and we are not the only ones dedicated to saving our National Forests from excessive and needless damage by a minority of National Forest users.
 

 

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