Forest Service Publishes New Rule For Energy-Related Permit

The Forest Service today announced a new rule that permits it to respond quickly to applications for oil-and-gas exploration on Forest Service land already under federal leases.

The rule is a categorical exclusion for land under lease that has already undergone environmental analysis consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) guidelines. The additional analysis previously required by a new oil-and-gas exploration and development application took a minimum of six months. With the new rule, an application can be processed much faster unless there are extraordinary circumstances such as the presence of threatened or endangered species or their designated habitat, wilderness areas, inventoried roadless areas, wetlands, and archeological or historic sites...

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BLM Launches Effort to Facilitate Renewable Energy Development on Federal Lands

In response to the increased national demand for clean renewable energy, the Bureau of Land Management today announced it will prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) analyzing areas with high potential for geothermal energy development.

According to a notice published in today’s Federal Register, the PEIS will examine the environmental impacts of boosting geothermal leasing in areas with high potential for near-term exploration and development of geothermal resources. If deemed appropriate by the PEIS, the BLM will amend the land use plans in those areas to allow for expanded leasing. 
 
“The BLM is sitting on the largest supply of geothermal energy in this country, and it is time to launch an aggressive program to develop those resources,” said BLM Acting Directo...

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Santa Fe Santa Cruz Lake

Santa Cruz New Mexico Vacation Rentals
{mosimage}Thirty miles north of Santa Fe, NM , the snow-fed waters of the Rio del Medio and the Rio Frijoles begin a 2,000-mile journey and a 7,000-foot descent to the Gulf of Mexico. For a time they gather at Santa Cruz Lake at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Chimayo, behind the 125-foot Santa Cruz Dam.

Built in 1929 by the Santa Cruz Irrigation District, the dam is 535 feet across and 90 feet deep at the overflowing spillway. The lake covers 121 surface acres with water in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, providing recreational opportunities for anglers, picnickers, campers, and boat lovers alike.

Santa Cruz Lake Recreation Area is located on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)...

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Taos Rio Grande Gorge Orilla Verde

Rio Grande Gorge Vacation Rentals
{mosimage}Orilla Verde Recreation Area is nestled along the banks of the Rio Grande, within the steep-walled Rio Grande Gorge. The local terrain is comprised of rugged, wide open mesas and chiseled steep canyons.  The elevation along the river is 6,100 feet and rises 800 feet at the gorge rim. The Taos Valley Overlook offers stunning and breathtaking views of the Rio Grande Gorge and Sangre de Cristo Mountains from the mesa top above the river.

{mosimage}Gentle waters with occasional small rapids flow through Orilla Verde, providing an ideal setting for many recreational activities...

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New Mexico Wild Rivers Vacation Guide

Wild Rivers New Mexico Vacation Rentals

{mosimage}The Wild Rivers Recreation Area has been set aside to allow visitors to experience the beauty of two national Wild and Scenic Rivers protected by Congress. Here the Rio Grande and Red River are preserved in their natural, free-flowing state for present and future generations to enjoy and appreciate.

The Rio Grande or “Great River” has sliced an 800-foot deep volcanic canyon through the high plains of northern New Mexico, rich with history, rugged beauty, and exciting recreational opportunities. This natural wonder is intensively used, yet 90 percent remains in a natural condition; the other 10 percent is developed for concentrated recreational use. Whitewater access draws visitors to the riverbank...

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Taos Rio Grande Gorge

Rio Grande Gorge Vacation Rentals

{mosimage}The Rio Grande flows out of the snowcapped Rocky Mountains in Colorado and journeys 1,900 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. It passes through 800-foot chasms of the Rio Grande Gorge a few miles east of Taos New Mexico, a wild and remote area of northern New Mexico. The canyon provides a wide variety of Taos recreational opportunities, luring fishermen, hikers, artists, and whitewater boating enthusiasts. In 1968, the Rio Grande and Red River were among the first eight rivers Congress designated into the National Wild and Scenic River System to protect outstanding resources values.

{mosimage}A spectacular vista of the Upper Gorge is from the High Bridge Overlook...

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Angel Fire New Mexico Property Owners

Angel Fire New Mexico Vacation Rentals

The majority of residents are employed locally and are in the tourism industry. The primary employer is Angel Fire Resort which offers summer and winter employment. Being a tourist destination brings thousands of visitors to this quiet town during the winter months. Summer, however, provides a more relaxed pace of vacationers simply enjoying the cool, fresh air and the wonderful smell of pine trees. Being a relatively young town, Angel Fire is not without its growing pains. There is an increasing number of people making Angel Fire their full-time residence. As a result the Village of Angel Fire has taken over the Village sewer and water system, They are working right now on expanding the system...

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Ruidoso Golf Vacation Rentals

Ruidoso New Mexico Golf Vacation Rentals
{mosimage}New Mexico golf courses are unsurpassed in Ruidoso, NM. Ruidoso golf courses include the Inn of the Mountain Gods, the links of Sierra Blanca, Cree Meadows and the Country club courses at Alto Lakes and Kokopeli. When golfing in New Mexico, Ruidoso is a must. Our mountain golf courses offer some of the best weather for year round play and a selection of styles and challenges. Come take a swing in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

The Links at Sierra Blanca – was designed by Senior Tour player Jim Colbert and is in the Scottish links style. This course is the premier public course in southern New Mexico and was nominated to the Golf Digest list of best new public courses in 1991. It was rated 7th best course in New Mexico and was awarded 3 1/2 stars by Golf Digest in 1995...

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Red River Golf Vacation Rentals

This course offers a view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain for a backdrop. The design includes several dogleg fairways, and some holes have water in play. The greens have medium speed and size. The signature hole is #9, a 572-yard, par 5, which plays slightly downhill and is protected by water on the front and right of the green.

A scenic 30 minute drive to nearby Taos New Mexico.

 Taos Country Club opened for play in 1994 with 18 championship holes and 65 3-acre home sites.

 A scenic 30 minute drive to nearby Angel Fire New Mexico.

 Angel Fire Resort Golf Course and Country Club. The longer-playing layouts of the front nine wind through two unspoiled canyons of aspen and spruce. The signature 6th hole features a tee box soaring 200 vertical feet above the green – 239 yeards away...

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Taos Golf Vacation Rentals

{mosimage}Taos Country Club opened for play in 1994 with 18 championship holes and 65 3-acre home sites.

Hosting such prestiegous events as the Sun Country PGA Championship, The New Mexico State Amateur and The New Mexico State Seniors.

Links-style golf set amongst gently rolling desert sagebrush and arroyos provide an ever-changing panoramic view of New Mexico’s most spectacular peaks.
 

Measuring 7,302 yards from the back tees, gently rolling terrain and four sets of tees make the course enjoyable for all players.

Located in Taos, this magnificent layout was awarded a four star rating by Golf Digest.

 

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