RGSA Web Site: http://rgsa.info  

Know the law

Rio Grande Soaring Association Forum

Know the law that is new or in the works.

Postby Bill Cummings » Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:11 pm

Know the law that is new or in the works.
Hadley put out a request for someone to attend and up coming meeting that might be of interest to the HG/PG community.
I was the only one free so I attended:
Saturday, December 10th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Southwest Environmental Center
275 North Downtown Mall, Las Cruces, NM 88001
37 attended.
Speakers were:
1) Mark Allison
Executive Director of the:
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
2) Jeff Steinborn is a Democratic member of the New Mexico House of Representatives, serving since 2013. Steinborn previously served in the New Mexico House from 2006-2010. Wikipedia
Born: 1970, Las Cruces, NM
Education: University of Texas at Austin (1995)
Party: Democratic Party
Office: New Mexico State Representative since 2013
Residence: Las Cruces, NM
Office-elect: New Mexico State Senator (Jan 1, 2017)
3) Nathan Small
New Mexico State Representative (elect)
Party: Democratic Party
Office-elect: New Mexico State Representative (Jan 1, 2017)
4) Dan Foreman
It was expressed that there was great concern that the incoming administration headed by President Elect Donald Trump
could walk back some of the gains one of which is the Organ Mountains- Desert Peaks Conservation Act.
Some of the free hand-outs gave general information about answers to, Wilderness FAQS:
Generally Wilderness areas prohibit the use of motor vehicles but there are a few exceptions for emergency vehicles and administrative use.
Bikes are prohibited but the bike riding community is trying to change this prohibition in certain areas (AZ).
Only foot travel or horse back for Wilderness areas.
Hunting and fishing are allowed subject to state and federal laws.
Grazing is allowed as before the designation but Congress on occasion will prohibit grazing on new designated areas.
There were no hand-outs concerning specific laws available.
User avatar
Bill Cummings
Posts: 3086
Joined: Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:20 pm
Location: Las Cruces NM 88005 (Region 4)

Re: Know the law

Postby RobinHastings » Sun Dec 11, 2016 6:20 pm

Thanks for attending, Bill. It's important - very important - for the preservation of our flying in this part of the country. Were you able to present our views to any of the attendees there? I've visited with Nathan Small and Jeff Steinborn before, and thought that they were pretty reasonable people.
User avatar
Posts: 904
Joined: Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:22 am

Re: Know the law - State of New Mexio (USA)

Postby Bill Cummings » Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:14 pm

Recreational Access Permit
Recreational access for Hiking and other purposes can be purchased from the Commercial Leasing Division at the cost of $35.00. These permits are valid for one year from the date issued and can be obtained by submitting the completed Recreational Access Permit Application or in person at our main office in Santa Fe. Please read the packet to ensure that your intended use is covered by the permit. For more information, please contact our Commercial Leasing Division at (505) 827-5724.

Prohibited Activities:
1) disturbing, harassing, injuring, destroying or removing wildlife, livestock, or any other animal
(2) disturbing, dislodging, damaging, destroying or removing native plants, standing timber
wood products, flowers, growing crops, or any other plant life other than pinon nuts gathered
(3) disturbing, dislodging, damaging, defacing, des
troying or removing historical,
archaeological, paleontological or cultural sites, or artifacts;
(4) disturbing, dislodging, defacing, damaging or destroying any improvement, fixture, item,
object, or thing placed or located in, under, or upon the land;
(5) crossing lands not open to recreational access under this rule, without permission, to gain
access to state trust lands that are open to recreational access;
(6) conducting off
road vehicle activities;
(7) bringing unrestrained (unleashed) animals to
state trust lands;
(8) discarding refuse, waste, or litter of any kind;
(9) building open fires, igniting fireworks, or conducting any other activity that increases the risk
of range, brush, or forest fires;
(10) conducting any type of commercial opera
(11) discharging firearms, camping overnight, opening (without closing) gates;
(12) bringing onto state trust lands or consuming thereon any type of alcoholic beverage;
(13) violating any applicable law, statute, regulation, ordinance, or rule ena
cted by a
governmental entity;
(14) fishing, trapping, or hunting without a valid New Mexico license;
(15) mineral exploration, development, or mining, or collecting valuable rocks or minerals;
(16) interfering with the authorized activities of other la
nd users; or,
(17) entering, climbing, or accessing in any way structures, buildings, fixtures, or improvements
other than fences located on state trust lands.
User avatar
Bill Cummings
Posts: 3086
Joined: Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:20 pm
Location: Las Cruces NM 88005 (Region 4)

Re: Know the law. Update 2017 (Trespass)

Postby Bill Cummings » Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:56 pm

New Mexico v. Merhege
Trespass decision by the New Mexico Supreme Court 2017

New Mexico Case Law, New Mexico Supreme Court Decision:
User avatar
Bill Cummings
Posts: 3086
Joined: Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:20 pm
Location: Las Cruces NM 88005 (Region 4)

Re: Know the law that affect your access.

Postby Bill Cummings » Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:29 am

We already have to leave our cars at the wire fence and use a portage cart for the 700 yard slog up hill to launch at Mag. Rim.
The Rim is out of sight of the Organ Mountains. I see a lot of Mission Creep going on here.
User avatar
Bill Cummings
Posts: 3086
Joined: Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:20 pm
Location: Las Cruces NM 88005 (Region 4)


Return to Rio Grande Soaring Association

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 9 guests