Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Pecos River Plan Aims for Balance.(Journal North)

Byline: Adam Rankin Journal Staff Writer

Environmental Health, Public Access Weighed

Some fear the Pecos River, federally recognized for its wild and scenic beauty, is in danger of being loved to death by recreationists and over-grazed by livestock.

A portion of the Pecos nestled in a gash that divides the southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains was officially made a Wild and Scenic River in 1990.

Since that time, the 20 miles of river has been without a comprehensive management plan that takes into account its special status under the federal Wild and Scenic River Act.

U.S. Forest Service officials now are seeking public comment on a draft plan which is aimed at balancing public access and recreation with preserving the river's beauty and environmental quality. …

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