|Monday, Apr 24, 2006|
The Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service are seeking public input in developing a management plan for the Old Spanish National Historic Trail. Designated as part of the National Trails System in 2002, the trail route crosses six western States ? New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California ? and links some of the West?s oldest communities from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Los Angeles, California.
Twenty-one public meetings are being held along the trail route beginning in New Mexico and southern Colorado, and moving west to Arizona, Nevada, Utah and California through mid-May. Everyone with an interest in the trail and its history, possibilities for recreation and heritage preservation, or resources and opportunities along the route are encouraged to attend one or more of the scoping meetings. Each meeting begins with an introduction to national historic trails, comprehensive management plans, and the designation of the Old Spanish Trail as one of our 16 national historic trails. This short presentation is followed by a discussion of the planning issues outlined for the trail. Public participation in identifying issues, opportunities, and concerns is encouraged.
The first of three public meetings in southern California will be held May 9, in Barstow, Desert Discovery Center, Conference Room, 831 Barstow Road, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Additional meetings will be held in Redlands, at the San Bernardino County Museum, Fisk Gallery, 2024 Orange Tree Lane, 5:30 ? 7:30 p.m., and in Los Angeles, Hellman/Quon Building, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument at Olvera Street, from 6: 00 ? 8:00 p.m.
The public is also invited to submit comments in writing, by email or through the webpage, http://parkplanning.nps.gov, at any time through May 17, 2006. Written comments and email should be addressed to Sarah Schlanger, New Mexico State Office, Bureau of Land Management, PO Box 27115, Santa Fe, NM 87502, Sarah_Schlanger@blm.gov, or to Aaron Mahr, National Park Service, P.O. Box 728, Santa Fe, NM 87504, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of the more remote sections of the Old Spanish Trail still can be walked, ridden on horseback or bicycle, or followed by wagon or jeep. Other parts of the route are now beneath or alongside some of our busiest highways. The management plan will describe how the surviving elements of the Old Spanish Trail?the route, the landscape, and the historic places?will be developed to preserve trail resources, provide access to trail sites, and tell the story of the trail and its role in American history. The full meeting schedule is posted at www.nps.gov/olsp and at www.nm.blm.gov.