[Federal Register Volume 63, Number 235 (Tuesday, December 8, 1998)]
[Page 67700]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 98-32488]



Bureau of Land Management

Resource Management Plan Amendment (RMPA) and Environmental 
Assessment (EA) for Possible Disposal of Public Land in Dona Ana 
County, NM

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an RMPA/EA and opportunity for 
public participation.


SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Las Cruces Field Office, 
is initiating the preparation of an RMPA which will include an EA for 
the possible disposal by direct sale at fair market value of 320 acres 
of BLM-administered public land in Dona Ana County in south-central New 
Mexico. The land is located in T. 25 S., R. 3 E., Section 13, S\1/2\. 
The RMPA will allow for direct sale of the land if that is the 
alternative chosen by the BLM New Mexico State Director. The public is 
invited to participate in the scoping process to identify issues and 
planning criteria to be considered in the development of the RMPA/EA. 
The BLM will maintain a mailing list of parties and persons interested 
in being kept informed about the RMPA/EA.

DATES: Comments related to this action will be accepted through January 
20, 1999.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be sent to Dwayne Sykes, Team Leader, 1800 
Marquess, Las Cruces, NM 88005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim Sanders, Acting Assistant Field 
Manager, at (505) 525-4393 or Dwayne Sykes at (505) 525-4400.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Our Lady's Youth Center of El Paso, Texas 
has proposed to acquire 320 acres of BLM-administered land within the 
Organ/Franklin Mountains Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) 
in Dona Ana County, New Mexico. The land would be used as part of the 
Lord's Ranch which the Center operates on adjacent private land. The 
Ranch is a retreat and working farm for disadvantaged youth.
    All land within the ACEC was identified for retention in Federal 
ownership in the Mimbres RMP completed in 1993. In order to consider 
direct sale of the land, the RMP must be amended.
    The RMPA/EA will be prepared by an interdisciplinary team of BLM 
resource specialists including realty, recreation, cultural, minerals, 
and hazardous materials specialists. Additional technical support will 
be provided by other specialists as needed.

    Dated: December 1, 1998.
Margaret Wyatt,
Field Manager, Las Cruces.
[FR Doc. 98-32488 Filed 12-7-98; 8:45 am]