Enjoy, Explore, and Protect the Planet Sierra Club Allegheny Group, Pennsylvania Chapter

Public Lands

Good News Dept: 290 Sq. Miles Protected in NM

View of the Blanca Massif in NM. Photo: US Fish & Wildlife Service

At a time when so much open land across the nation is being occupied for industrial purposes such as gas drilling, it refreshing to learn of a significant saving of open space. This year rancher Louis Bacon has donated to the US Fish and Wildlife Service conservation easements of 265-square miles of land in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of New Mexico. This donation is likely to advance the creation of a 390-square-mile federal Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area that will protect the San Luis valley from development.

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