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Comment Title Description Search Terms Date Final Comment Letter
New Minimal Impact Exploration Permit Application, Peloton Group Drolte Hole On August 10, 2023, the Mining and Minerals Division ("MMD") received a permit application from The Peloton Group, LLC, for a new minimal impact exploration permit in Sierra County, New Mexico. Pursuant to 19.10.3.302.G NMAC, MMD is requesting comments from your agency regarding this application. Mine Exploration, Mine Permit 2023-09-25 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2836.pdf
CN Minimal Impact Exploration Project The New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division (MMD) received an application from Sierra Gold and Silver on July 28, 2023 for a new minimal impact exploration permit in Catron County, New Mexico. Sierra Gold and Silver Ltd. is proposing to drill 16 holes at 10 drill pad sites in Catron County, NM. Mine Exploration, Mine Permit 2023-09-22 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2851.pdf
Four Corners-Cholla 1 APS Strategic Transmission Initiative Project; approximate 156 mile transmission line from Four Corners substation in New Mexico to Cholla substation in Arizona. Ground disturbance is currently unknown, but poles will avoid sensitive habitat and water resources, construction will occur outside of breeding and migratory seasons for sensitive species, and construction equipment will be washed to avoid spread of invasive species. Proposed Action, Transmission Line 2023-09-20 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2852.pdf
Arco Torcido The proposed undertaking is located near 157 Old Highway 3, Arroyo Hondo, Taos County, New Mexico 87513 and consists of a 95-foot-tall monopole telecommunication tower and associated equipment contained within a 67-foot by 84-foot lease area at the above property. The undertaking includes a 25-foot wide by 246.9-foot-long access/utility easement that extends northwest connecting with Old Highway 3. Also included is a 10-foot wide by 275.2-foot-long access/utility easement that extends south connecting with existing utility. In total the proposed undertaking is approximately 14,552.50 square feet. The proposed tower site is approximately 7,052 feet above mean sea level (AMSL). Cell Tower, Proposed Action 2023-09-20 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2883.pdf
Willis Ciudad Private Property Thinning in defensible space to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. Forest Restoration, Proposed Action 2023-09-20 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2888.pdf
6123001564 As of the date of this NR Review, the proposed project consists of the construction of a new communications facility. Specifically, Vertical Bridge proposes to develop a 100-foot by 100-foot lease area. The lease area will consist of a 199-foot self-supported communications tower within a 50-foot by 50-foot, 8-foot-high, chain-linked fence compound. Access/Utilities will be within a 30-foot-wide easement routing southeast until conjoined with an existing dirt road. Please see the attached site drawings for complete details. Cell Tower, Proposed Action 2023-09-20 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2904.pdf
Draft EA Red Hill Mine Safeguarding Project Program, in cooperation with the US Department of Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), is planning to mitigate impacts from historical mining within the boundaries of the Red Hill Mine Safeguarding Project Area in the Caballo Mountains/Rincon Mining District. The proposed project area is located in Sierra County and is approximately 3 miles northwest of Derry, New Mexico (USGS Garfield and McLeod Tank 7.5' quadrangles, in Township 17 S, Range 4 W). The proposed Area of Potential Effect (APE) includes approximately 796 total acres of land administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and State Land Office (SLO). Based on recent BLM inventory data, the AML Program estimates there are 52 low risk, 13 medium risk, 12 high risk and 8 extreme risk mines within the proposed APE. The Proposed Action involves safeguarding measures utilizing a variety of methods, including manually or mechanically filling mine openings with surrounding waste material or polyurethane foam, and building structural barriers that restrict human ingress, such as locking gates, cupolas, high-tensile steel mesh coverings, gated culverts, or other wildlife-compatible closures while limiting disturbance to other resources on adjacent county, federal and private lands. Throughout the past 40 years, the OSMRE and AML have addressed public safety and environmental concerns associated with the open abandoned mine adits and shafts throughout New Mexico. As a federally funded program this proposed AML project constitutes an undertaking subject to review under NEPA. Under the Proposed Action, the OSMRE would approve a Federal Grant for use by the state of New Mexico in implementing the Proposed Action. Based on our draft EA and the proposed construction, the AML Program finds that remediation activities proposed for the Red Hill Mine Safeguarding Project will not have significant effects on the quality of the human or natural environment, and proposed construction for the Red Hill Project is estimated to start Spring, 2024. A draft Environmental Assessment (EA) has been completed, including a Biological Analysis and Evaluation in addition to a report from Bat Conservation International documenting bat use and habitat of the abandoned mine features within the project area. The AML Program is aware of bat activity and the presence of bats in many of the mine features within the project area and plans to install gated, bat-friendly closures where applicable. Also, AML has an updated bat habitat survey planned with our consultant (Bat Conservation International) and is scheduled to be completed in the coming weeks to be followed by a report documenting the updated conditions observed in the project area. The EA is available for your review via the following link: https://fs.emnrd.nm.gov/portal/s/011944318380922195483 AML requests that you review the draft EA and provide any comments you may have by September 22, 2023. Environmental Assessment 2023-09-13 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2740.pdf
2023 Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park Restoration Project, 90% Design - Invitation to Comment Opportunity for the NMDGF to comment on the USIBWC MVBSP Restoration Project, 90% design. Comments due by Sept 13, 2023. Fish/Wildlife Habitat Improvement 2023-09-13 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2793.pdf
Rio Grande Watercraft Landing Project for City of Albuquerque The City of Albuquerque is proposing the addition of a watercraft landing on the western bank of the Rio Grande and south of the Central Ave. Bridge. The landing would be a concrete pad that would partially enter the waterway. Recreation 2023-09-06 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2834.pdf
SCCASC - NMNH Project proposal The Department reviewed the project proposal submitted by NMNH which involves expanding their COA climate refugia predictions (informed by species distribution models of several upland SGCN) project to include riparian SGCN. The Department approves of this project, and has written a letter of support stating this approval. Planning 2023-08-31 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2847.pdf
Patel Ciudad Private Property Thinning of pinyon/juniper to 60 BA to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. Forest Restoration 2023-08-30 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2837.pdf
I-25 S-Curves NMDOT Phase B study to identify alternative solutions for addressing motorist safety issues associated with the S-Curve area of I-25. This project will eventually lead to the completion of an Environmental Assessment. Proposed Action 2023-08-30 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2830.pdf
FHI_Sapello_Matlock The Matlock property was purchased in the summer of 2002, it is 30.13 acres in size and sits at an elevation of approximately 7,000 feet above sea level. The property is divided by the Sapello river. On the northern side are grasslands and to the south, crossing the Sapello river are the Sangre de Cristo mountains. The pastures are grazed by livestock and the mountains area have had some thinning done with the help of a neighbor. Tree density increases with distance from the stream. Dwarf mistletoe is present at higher elevation. The Matlocks are working with NM Forestry Division to seek FHI grant support to improve forest health on the property. The Matlock property has not yet applied for the FHI grant, but is putting together a forest management plan as a step towards that goal. No management activities have been scheduled at this time. Forest Restoration, Proposed Action 2023-08-30 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2842.pdf
Modification 23-1 Application for Ojo Encino, Partial Release of Financial Assurance On June 22, 2023, the Mining and Minerals Division ("MMD") received a permit application from Miocene, LLC, to modify permit number MK043MN. The application requests partial release of financial assurance associated with approximately 6.35 acres of reclamation performed at the Ojo Encino mine located in T19N, R5W, Section 9. This application is being processed as modification number 23-1 to permit MK043MN. Mine Permit 2023-08-29 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2758.pdf
Ramakrishnan FHI The Ramakrishnan property was purchased by the current landowner on December 16, 2022. It is 31.572 acres in size and located approximately 13 miles north of Las Vegas along the road to the community of Las Dispensas. The property is situated near the southeastern edge of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains and elevation ranges from approximately 7,140 feet along County Road A2 to approximately 7,450 feet along the crest of the ridge which bisects the western portion of the property. The ridge is referred to locally as "The Crestone". The property lies within the eastern foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains are the southernmost subrange of the Rocky Mountains. They are in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. The mountains run from Poncha Pass in South-Central Colorado, trending southeast and south, ending at Glorieta Pass, southeast of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The property burned during the Hermits Peak - Calf Canyon Fire in Spring 2022. The portion of the property on the western side of the ridge experienced high severity fire resulting in significant overstory mortality, whereas most of the property experienced lower severity fire with minimal overstory mortality. For management purposes the property is divided into two stands based on recent burn severity and associated changes in forest canopy. There is no known livestock use, although grazing has historically been a common use of lands in the area. The property was likely thinned when the house was built, and tree density generally increases with distance from the house. Forest Restoration, Proposed Action 2023-08-22 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2813.pdf
Ground Stone Farms Ground mounted solar panels .03 acre area. and 300ft of linear trenching to an existing building / electrical panel box. Proposed Action, Solar Energy 2023-08-14 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2774.pdf
Cañon Convenience Station SWPPP The Cañon Convenience Station (Facility) is an existing facility that is updating its Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) for compliance with the 2021 Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP). Eligibility for coverage under the MSGP requires a determination to verify if there are any species that have been placed on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (USFWS) threatened or endangered species list for the facility's defined Action Area, and that the Facility activities are not expected to adversely affect any such species. This request is submitted on behalf of the Facility for a review of the project by the Department of New Mexico Game and Fish regarding anticipated impacts of the project on any federally listed endangered or threatened species and/or their critical habitats. Proposed Action, Stormwater Management 2023-08-14 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2780.pdf
Sugar Sand Bridge Soil Analysis The project consists of obtaining soil samples for foundation recommendations and other subgrade recommendations for the bridge and pavement.(See attached for locations.)The soil borings will be advanced vertically using a rubber-tire, truck-mounted CME 75 drilling equipment, using hollow-stem auger drilling techniques (up to the depth of the groundwater table), and mud-rotary drilling techniques (below the groundwater table where applicable) to the planned termination depths, or to a depth of bedrock, whichever occurs first. Should bedrock be encountered more than 5 feet prior to our proposed boring termination depth(s), we will obtain 5-foot runs of rock core every 5 feet to a maximum of 15 feet of penetration into rock. Typical sampling intervals (every 2½ feet within the top 10 feet, and every 5 feet thereafter) are considered applicable to this project. Our exploration team will prepare field logs of soil borings as part of standard drilling operations including sampling depths, penetration distances, and other relevant sampling information. Samples will be obtained while the boring is being advanced by our drilling operations working under the direction of our field engineering staff or his/her representative. The field exploration will also include observations for free or perched groundwater (if encountered). This will occur during the exploration program while the boring is being advanced. No provisions have been made to collect water level data other than the observations made during the advancement of the borings. The borings will be backfilled immediately after their completion with auger cuttings or cement bentonite as required by the state engineer, if groundwater is exposed. The backfilled holes will be patched at the surface with cold (emulsified) asphaltic patch mixture if pavement was penetrated. Excess auger cuttings will be disposed of at the site by spreading them in areas immediately adjacent to each exploration point. No tap water used during mud rotary operations will be discharged in the area. It'll be recycled throughout the operation with a water pump attached to the drill rig. A mud pan will be used to prevent a flood area. When the holes are being backfilled with cement bentonite, the groundwater will be displaced at the surface of the hole but not in excess so as to cause damage away from the hole. The hole will not be more than 10-in in diameter. The project is expected to last 5 business days. Proposed Action 2023-08-14 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2779.pdf
Sugar Sand Bridge Replacement The project consists of obtaining soil samples for foundation recommendations and other subgrade recommendations for the bridge and pavement.(See attached for locations.)The soil borings will be advanced vertically using a rubber-tire, truck-mounted CME 75 drilling equipment, using hollow-stem auger drilling techniques (up to the depth of the groundwater table), and mud-rotary drilling techniques (below the groundwater table where applicable) to the planned termination depths, or to a depth of bedrock, whichever occurs first. Should bedrock be encountered more than 5 feet prior to our proposed boring termination depth(s), we will obtain 5-foot runs of rock core every 5 feet to a maximum of 15 feet of penetration into rock. Typical sampling intervals (every 2½ feet within the top 10 feet, and every 5 feet thereafter) are considered applicable to this project. Our exploration team will prepare field logs of soil borings as part of standard drilling operations including sampling depths, penetration distances, and other relevant sampling information. Samples will be obtained while the boring is being advanced by our drilling operations working under the direction of our field engineering staff or his/her representative. The field exploration will also include observations for free or perched groundwater (if encountered). This will occur during the exploration program while the boring is being advanced. No provisions have been made to collect water level data other than the observations made during the advancement of the borings. The borings will be backfilled immediately after their completion with auger cuttings or cement bentonite as required by the state engineer, if groundwater is exposed. The backfilled holes will be patched at the surface with cold (emulsified) asphaltic patch mixture if pavement was penetrated. Excess auger cuttings will be disposed of at the site by spreading them in areas immediately adjacent to each exploration point. No tap water used during mud rotary operations will be discharged in the area. It'll be recycled throughout the operation with a water pump attached to the drill rig. A mud pan will be used to prevent a flood area. When the holes are being backfilled with cement bentonite, the groundwater will be displaced at the surface of the hole but not in excess so as to cause damage away from the hole. The hole will not be more than 10-in in diameter. The project is expected to last 5 business days. Proposed Action, Roads and Bridges 2023-08-14 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2778.pdf
FY24 MRGCD Invasive Thinning MRGCD Cut stump treatments (herbicide sprayed onto stump) of invasive trees and or foliar herbicide application. Removal of cut slash and dead and down material. Chainsaws, trucks, chippers and herbicide may be used. Forest Thinning, Proposed Action 2023-08-14 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2775.pdf
FY24 Riverside Drain Thinning Excavation on the outer bank of the East and West drains to provide a firebreak and create a road for emergency vehicle access. Forest Thinning, Proposed Action 2023-08-14 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2776.pdf
Modification 23-1 Application for Star Lake Mine, Partial Release of Financial Assurance On June 5, 2023, the Mining and Minerals Division ("MMD") received a permit application from Mesa Verde Humates, LLC, to modify permit number MK007ME. The application requests partial release of financial assurance associated with approximately 10.24 acres of reclamation performed at the Star Lake - Section 10 mine located in T19N, R6W, Section 10. This application is being processed as modification number 23-1 to permit MK007ME. Mine Permit 2023-08-14 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2781.pdf
Sandia Park The proposed undertaking is located 286 Nugent Road, Edgewood, Sante Fe County, New Mexico 87015 and consists of an 80-foot tall monopine telecommunication tower and associated equipment contained within a 60-foot by 60-foot lease area at the above property. The undertaking includes an existing 35-foot wide by 1,500-foot-long access/utility easement that extends northwest connecting with Nugent Road. Also included is an existing 25-foot wide by 2,400-foot-long access/utility easement that extends northeast connecting with Nugent Road. In total the proposed undertaking is approximately 116,100.00 square feet. The proposed tower site is approximately 7,080 feet above mean sea level (AMSL). Cell Tower, Proposed Action 2023-08-11 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2782.pdf
FY24 MRGCD Big Hole Restoration Dead and Down Treatment Removal of dead and downed material post-fire. Chainsaws, hand felling, trucks, and designated trails/roads will be used. Forest Thinning, Proposed Action 2023-08-08 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2777.pdf
DeTemple Ciudad Private Property Thinning of Pinyon/Juniper on 14.5 acres of private property to reduce fuel loads and create defensible space. Thinning will reduce basal area by 30 square feet per acre. Slash will be removed from site. Project will occur in fall 2023. Forest Thinning, Proposed Action 2023-08-08 public_comment_letter_NMERT-2768.pdf

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