New wilderness areas signed into law

By Cody Hooks
chooks@taosnews.com
Posted 3/12/19

Two remote corners of Taos County are officially wilderness after the president today signed into law a sweeping public lands bill.

The areas around Ute Mountain, near Costilla, and below San …

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New wilderness areas signed into law

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Two remote corners of Taos County are officially wilderness after the president today (March 12) signed into law a sweeping public lands bill.

The Cerro del Yuta Wilderness will comprise most of Ute Mountain, the volcanic dome lying west of State Road 522 near the New Mexico-Colorado border. Along with the Río San Antonio Wilderness, the two areas would create about 21,500 acres of new wilderness within the quarter-million acre Río Grande del Norte National Monument.

The bill passed the Senate on Feb. 12 in a 92 to 8 vote, and passed the House of Representatives Feb. 26. All of New Mexico's senators and congresspeople voted in favor of the package.

 

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