[cdt-l] Presidential Candidate and Governor Bill Richardson makes CDT a priority in NM

Bruce Ward bruce at cdtrail.org
Mon Apr 9 12:02:46 CDT 2007









April 9, 2007


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     


For further information contact:

Josh Shusko, CDTA, (303) 838-3760; jshusko at cdtrail.org
Erica Asmus-Otero, NM State Parks, (505) 660-7017

erica.asmus-otero at state.nm.us

Hans Stuart, Bureau of Land Management, (505) 438-7510   



New Mexico Memorandum of Understanding Urges Cooperation 
in Completing the Continental Divide Trail


Santa Fe - In a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed today, key New Mexico agencies and organizations joined together to make completing, maintaining and protecting the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) a statewide priority. Running from Canada to Mexico, the 3,100 mile-long CDT connects numerous nationally-significant cultural, natural and historical treasures.


Governor Bill Richardson applauded the signing - which supports his recreation and healthy lifestyles agenda for the State.


"The Continental Divide Trail will help promote tourism and support rural economies throughout New Mexico," said Governor Bill Richardson. "Completion of the Continental Divide Trail will further efforts I have made to promote trail building across New Mexico - including $4 million for trail extensions and improvements statewide in the last several years."


The Continental Divide Trail Alliance (CDTA), the Acoma Tribe, the New Mexico State Land Office, the State of New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Forest Service state in the MOU that they will "work together in a cooperative manner on issues regarding the construction, management, and coordination of resources related to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail in the State of New Mexico."


The inter-agency, multi-organization MOU in New Mexico is the first of its kind in the five states through which the CDT passes.  In addition, the New Mexico's state legislature was the first among the CDT states to formally urge completion of the CDT, which it did with the passage of House Memorial 39, sponsored by Rep. Nate Cote (D-Doña Ana) on March 8, 2007. 


The MOU will further the high level of cooperation that already exists and will expand on the projects currently underway on the Trail. 740 miles of the CDT are within New Mexico, but only 46% of the New Mexico portion is complete, compared with 63% of the Trail overall. When complete, the Trail will link many of New Mexico's natural wonders such as El Malpais National Monument, famous for its unique landscape created by lava flows; Mount Taylor, a towering peak considered sacred by several nearby tribes; and the Big Hatchet Mountains, a remote and scenic area in the Southwest corner of the state. It will also connect with important historical and cultural sites such as Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, El Morro National Monument and the Zuni Acoma Trail.







An important provision in the MOU involves conserving and managing the Trail in a way that "fosters support of local community relationship building." Since its formation in 1995, the CDTA has been involved with building local relationships up and down the Trail.  Recently, CDT partners gave presentations at a Cuba, N.M., public meeting to encourage local community leadership in the planning and development of the CDT in that area. Similar community-led initiatives are planned for Grants and Lordsburg, N.M. Local community involvement is necessary for the long-term care and protection of the Trail. 


The MOU also recognizes the "CDTA as a leading non-governmental partner in the management, coordination, and operations of the CDNST." 


The Continental Divide Trail was established by Congress as a National Scenic Trail in 1978. When complete, the "King of Trails" will be the most significant trail system in the world. Stretching 3,100 miles along the backbone of America from Canada to Mexico, it accesses some of the most wild and scenic places left in the world while conserving the environment and promoting personal well being.


Since 1995, the Continental Divide Trail Alliance has played a central role toward the completion, management and protection of the Trail and it is the voice for unity in the diverse story of the Trail.


For more information about the Continental Divide Trail, call (303) 838-3760 or toll-free 1-888-909-CDTA (2382). Or visit www.cdtrail.org <http://www.cdtrail.org/> .



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Bruce Ward
Executive Director
Continental Divide Trail Alliance
PO Box 628 
Pine, CO 80470
Tel.  303  838 3760
Cell: 303 917 1476
Fax: 303 838 3960
Shipping Address:
13700 Highway 285
Pine CO 80470


From: Asmus-Otero, Erica, EMNRD [mailto:Erica.Asmus-Otero at state.nm.us] 
Sent: Monday, April 09, 2007 10:05 AM
To: Josh Shusko
Cc: Bruce Ward
Subject: MOU Final with Gov quote

Sorry this took so long - here is the quote, and I added in a sequeway sentence in front. Hope this works - please let me know if you're fine with it, so I can give the OK to BLM to reprint. 
Erica Asmus-Otero,
Public Information Coordinator
New Mexico State Parks
PO Box 1147
141 E. De Vargas
Santa Fe, NM  87504
(505) 660-7017/827-1473
Erica.Asmus-Otero at state.nm.us <mailto:Erica.Asmus-Otero at state.nm.us> 
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