Friday, January 29, 2016

New Mexico: Public access to Sabinoso Wilderness closer to reality - Full Article

By Charles B. Brunt / Journal Staff Writer
Published: Thursday, January 28th, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. — Public access to New Mexico’s 16,000-acre Sabinoso Wilderness – entirely “landlocked” by private land – moved closer to reality Thursday on news the nonprofit Wilderness Land Trust bought adjacent property that could soon allow hikers, hunters, backpackers and others access to it.

c01_jd_29jan_Sabinoso-WildernessThe purchase of the non-contiguous 4,176-acre Rimrock Rose Ranch properties, made possible by a $3.1 million contribution from the Wyss Foundation, could allow public access to the Sabinoso by summer, said Reid Haughey, president of The Wilderness Land Trust.

Although the BLM, which manages the Sabinoso, has tried for years to get landowners to allow public access through their properties by road or trail, that hasn’t happened...

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