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BLM and BIA add additional scoping meetings

The Daily Times staff
At center, Craig Townsend, a natural resource specialist with the Bureau of Land Management, talks with colleagues during a scoping meeting on Nov. 10 at the Huerfano Chapter house.

FARMINGTON — The Bureau of Land Management's Farmington Field Office and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Navajo Regional Office have announced two additional scoping meetings as part of their resource management planning effort for northwest New Mexico.

The federal agencies are working to produce an environmental impact statement to analyze public, tribal and Indian allotment land management, according to a BLM press release.

Scoping meetings took place in November and December. The two new meetings, one in Farmington and one in Shiprock, will follow a similar format to the earlier meetings. They will include an informational presentation, followed by an open forum session for participants to share comments and concerns.

The first meeting will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 1 in Rooms 9008-9010 of the Henderson Fine Arts Center at San Juan College, 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington.

The second will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Shiprock Chapter house, located off U.S. Highway 64 and mile post 23 in building 5548.

The Farmington meeting will take place in English, and the one in Shiprock will be in both English and Navajo. Navajo interpreters will be available at both meetings.

Both meetings will have Navajo interpreters.

The public comment period ends Feb. 20.