(February 8, 2022)—In November 2021, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced the withdrawal of 351,000 acres of Federal surface land from oil-gas development in a 10-mile zone around Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
As our supporters know, we at Archaeology Southwest have advocated for the establishment of the 10-mile protection zone around Chaco for more than five years. We applaud this very important decision.
As part of the withdrawal process, a 90-day review and comment period began in early January 2022. This period ends on May 6.
We have prepared a two-page primer on the 10-mile zone and why it matters so much. This document may help you draft your comments.
So, now is the time to step up and provide written comments to Secretary Haaland and the BLM to get this land withdrawal in place!
There are several ways to submit comments.
Comment at our Greater Chaco Coalition portal at:
Or, written comments can be emailed to the following address:
Finally, hard copy comment letters can be mailed to:
Bureau of Land Management
Farmington Field Office
6251 College Blvd., Suite A
Farmington, NM 87402
Thanks, everyone, for your support!