Geothermal Exploration And Leasing In The Jemez Mountains
GEOTHERMAL EXPLORATION AND LEASING IN THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has identified about 195,000 acres within the boundaries of the SFNF with “significant geothermal potential.” The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has received expressions of interest in leasing about 46,000 acres of SFNF land for geothermal exploration and development. The BLM manages the subsurface resources on all federal land
Contact: Public comments on geothermal leasing in the Jemez Mountains can be faxed, emailed or mailed to the Santa Fe National Forest. Written comments may be sent via email to email@example.com; via fax to 505-438-5390, or via postal service to: Geothermal EIS Project, Santa Fe National Forest, 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, N.M. 87508.
Tribe: Redondo Peak is sacred to various Pueblo peoples of New Mexico and, as a result, hiking and other recreational activities on the mountain are sharply restricted as of 2008. The summit area is occupied by a shrine that was studied and excavated by anthropologist William Boone Douglass in the early 20th century and remained in use well into the 20th century. The shrine and its immediate surroundings are closed to visitors.