Public input sought on Conchas lake plan

QCS Staff

New Mexico State Parks invites the public to review and comment on the draft park management plan for Conchas Lake State Park.

“The public needs to be there and make their opinions known,” said Marti Niman, Public information officer for NM State Parks. “Their input helps to guide planners and park officials on what needs to be done in the park for the future.”

Niman said, the public is invited to a public meeting to review the plan at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 13 at the North Dock Marina at Conchas Lake State Park.

The plan includes a history of the park, a review of existing park resources and facilities, and proposed management and facility improvements for the next five years.

“Public input is very important to this process,” Niman said.

The draft plan proposes a variety of improvements to park facilities, including improvements to park roads, signage, visitor center, new water treatment system, staff housing, comfort stations and boat ramps.

The draft plan also addresses the future of the trailer park operated by the concessionaire.

Copies of the plan are available for review at the Conchas Lake State Park visitor center, the State Parks Division regional office at 612 E. Main in Tucumcari, or at www.nmparks.com.

Each state park is required to have a park management plan that is updated every five years. The objective is to provide direction for the management and development of the park in order to protect park resources and enhance recreational opportunities.

Written and oral comments on the plan will be accepted through April 2. Comment letters can be dropped off at the park or mailed to: P.O. Box 1147, Santa Fe, NM 87505, faxed to 505-476-3361 or submitted by email to: nmparks@state.nm.us.

The park features four campgrounds with 104 campsites, boat ramps, a marina and boat dock operated by a concessionaire.

Information: 575-868-2270