Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Pecos River Plan Pursues Balance for Use, Preservation.(Final)

Byline: Adam Rankin Journal Northern Bureau

Portion of River Without Oversight

SANTA FE -- 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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