A new partnership of sorts is afoot. As we’ve mentioned before, the Pueblo of Santa Ana and the San Antonio de las Huertas Land Grant are both interested in obtaining all or some of the 3142-acre BLM Buffalo Tract that sits to the north of Placitas. The tract will be up for disposal by BLM in the near future, according to the draft BLM Rio Puerco Resource Management Plan released last year.
Santa Ana wants to see the majority of the land preserved as a wildlife corridor, while the SADLH Land Grant has said it wants to obtain the easternmost 1500 acres under the Recreational and Public Purposes Act to manage as a recreational area, with walking trails and an historic living museum.
Now, the two entities have signed a memorandum of understanding to support each other’s aims. This means Santa Ana will no longer attempt to obtain the entire tract. Perhaps the unified front will make it a little easier for the Feds to make a decision about the land that’s in each party’s interest.
Representatives from Santa Ana and the SADLH Land Grant will discuss their cooperative approach on Thursday, December 17, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Banquet Room at Prairie Star Restaurant (288 Prairie Star Rd., Santa Ana Pueblo). The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.