February 2, 2017

Public lands supporters rally and march in Santa Fe

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Laura Paskus

Garrett VeneKlasen at a public lands protest earlier this year on the steps of the New Mexico State Land Office

In Santa Fe yesterday, hundreds of people gathered at the Roundhouse to support protecting the state’s public lands.

Public lands can refer to those administered by federal agencies such as the National Park Service, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, lands protected as state parks or areas overseen by the New Mexico State Land Office.

The rally started at the capitol, and then protesters marched to the steps of the State Land Office, looped down Alameda and back to the rotunda. The crowd included a mix of people including sportsmen, students, retirees and conservationists from around New Mexico. It also featured dancing and drumming from students in the Pueblo Pathways Project at the Santa Fe Indian School.

Public lands supporters came with their families

Laura Paskus

Public lands supporters came with their families

Students from Santa Fe Waldorf High School

Laura Paskus

Students from Santa Fe Waldorf High School

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Garrett VeneKlasen of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation with supporters on the steps of the State Land Office




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Students in the Pueblo Pathways Project at the Santa Fe Indian School

Laura Paskus

Students in the Pueblo Pathways Project at the Santa Fe Indian School

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