Need some good news this Friday morning? I got just the thing for ya.
The state of New Mexico has successfully purchased the privately-owned 54,000 acre L-Bar Ranch. It will become public land accessible to hikers, hunters, and other recreationists in the future.
The land is also home to over a thousand archaeological sites that are important to local tribal communities.
The L-Bar Ranch is adjacent to The Marquez Wildlife Area. The properties will be conjoined, and will become the largest state-owned recreational property in all of New Mexico.
According to KRQE News, the state paid around $34 million for the land.
I love love love love love when local, state, and federal governments purchase large swaths of land to be used by the public. I always think it’s sickening that one person can own thousands of acres of land and prevent the public from accessing it.
It’s why I actively root against John Dutton when I watch the TV show ‘Yellowstone’. Nobody needs that much land.
Good on New Mexico for securing this land for public use, and congrats to all of you that will be able to enjoy it in the future!