County, BLM to partner on trails project in Glade Run Recreation Area
Project funded by federal money administered by NMDOT
AZTEC —The San Juan County Commission unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding with the Bureau of Land Management today for trail improvements and enhancements in the Glade Run Recreation Area.
The County Commission met at 4 p.m. today at the County Administration Building in Aztec.
The Glade Run Recreation Area comprises approximately 19,000 acres between the cities of Farmington and Aztec and the communities of La Plata and Flora Vista.
The $700,000 project is funded by a Recreation Trails Program grant. The grant is federal money administered by the New Mexico Department of Transportation.
The BLM recently updated its resource management plan for the Glade Run Recreation Area and the trail work will reflect the management priorities in the area. The plan went into effect in 2015.
Public works director Fran Fillerup said the work will be done on approximately 80 miles of existing trails within the Glade Run Recreation Area. Fillerup said the memorandum of understanding establishes a relationship between the BLM and the county for the project. He said the duties have not yet been divided between the two agencies.
Commission Chairman Jack Fortner asked about the types of usage that occur on the trails, including by ATV, mountain bike and hiking enthusiasts.
Fillerup said the trails that will be worked on include trails designated for nonmotorized traffic, as well as trails set aside for off-road vehicle use.
"We were careful to try to include all of those because we recognize that all those sorts of users are in the Glade," Fillerup said.
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