(April 21, 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 many 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.
Please take a few moments and provide written comments to Secretary Haaland and the BLM to get this land withdrawal in place!
We have prepared a two-page primer on the 10-mile zone and why it matters so much. Our partners at Nuestra Tierra have prepared a Chaco 10-mile Myths and Facts sheet. These documents may help you draft your comments.
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