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National Center for Recreation and Conservation National Park Service - April 2000

1100 Acres preserved in the Cerrillos Hills

Culturally Significant Open Space preserved in Santa Fe County,  New Mexico

The RTCA program assisted the Cerrillos Hills Park Coalition (CHPC), a citizens  "friends-of group" interested in protecting the Cerrillos Hills, with the successful purchase of approximately 1100 acres of land in the Cerrillos Hills outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is the largest and first track of land purchased by Santa Fe County under a recent General Obligation Bond that created the Wildlife, Mountains, Trails and Historic Places Program to acquire lands for open space and trails. This newly acquired property will become the Cerrillos Hills Historic Park, which will protect one of the Southwest's most important archaeological, historical, cultural and scenic places, while making it available for outdoor recreation. The purchased property is adjacent to another 2,300 acres of BLM and State land, which is currently being proposed for joint management.   RTCA staff is working closely with Santa Fe County, CHPC, neighboring landowners,  BLM, State Land Office, and traditional users in developing and implementing a viable park management plan.  Part of the park plan will include creating and identifying multi-use trail loops within BLM and the park land, the development of trailhead and rest area facilities, and organizing a new docent-training  program for park volunteers and interpreters. For more information on this project please visit, or Contact Paul Cusumano, RTCA, Santa Fe,  NM at 505-988-6093.

Conservation Successes informs Department of Interior staff, conservation  partners and friends about the program successes of the National Center for Recreation and Conservation.  For more details, please communicate directly with the staff person involved with each project.This e-mail newsletter may be copied or redirected.

National Center for Recreation and Conservation programs:

- Federal Lands to Parks - Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

- Long Distance Trails - Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (Rivers & Trails) -

- Urban Parks and Recreation Recovery (UPARR) - Wild and Scenic Rivers -

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