Santa Ana Buffalo Tract meeting Saturday

Pronghorn antelopeThe Pueblo of Santa Ana will present its plan for the BLM Buffalo Tract at a public meeting tomorrow, October 25, 9:00-11:00 a.m., Tribal Council Chamber, 2 Dove Rd., Santa Ana Pueblo. (The pueblo headquarters are a short distance north of the town of Bernalillo. At Walgreens in Bernalillo, turn right onto Hwy 313 and go two miles to Dove Rd., then left on Dove Rd.).

The pueblo’s plan for the land, should they acquire it, focuses on habitat restoration and preservation and enhancement of wildlife corridors. We wrote about the pueblo’s experience in these areas in an earlier post.

This public meeting is a great opportunity to learn more about the Pueblo’s Natural Resources Division and expertise, view an excellent slide presentation of their accomplishments in habitat and river restoration and wildlife management, and learn about their goals for preserving wildlife on the Buffalo Tract.

Santa Ana is one of several entities hoping to obtain the BLM tract. In addition to the Pueblo of Santa Ana, the San Antonio de las Huertas Land Grant Association, San Felipe Pueblo, mining interests and real estate developers are all hoping to acquire some or all of the 3142-acre parcel of rolling foothills, arroyos, and creek basin. And everyone is waiting for the BLM’s revised Rio Puerco Resource Management Plan, which is expected to be released in the next few months. This document will contain BLM’s plans for this tract, including a potential expansion of mining operations, as well as BLM’s plans for other lands in the BLM Rio Puerco region.