Farmington community turns out for trail planning meetings
Public Land Solutions, City of Farmington working on future of outdoor recreation for the area
Public Land Solutions (PLS) has partnered with the City of Farmington, New Mexico as part of their Outdoor Recreation Industry Initiative (ORII) to conduct a series of stakeholder meetings aimed at identifying and fortifying the region’s existing and future recreation assets.
Public Land Solutions’s part in the stakeholder process began in mid-February with a series of three community meetings, where users of various outdoor recreation types came together to discuss and brainstorm the current state and future of outdoor recreation in Farmington. The topics discussed centered on both motorized and non-motorized recreation. Some examples of recreation types discussed include horseback riding, singletrack motorcycle riding, mountain biking, jeeping, birding, and hiking.
More than 100 people total from Farmington, as well as neighboring towns Aztec and Bloomfield, attended the meetings. Representatives of local government, tourism associations, press, and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) were also present.
The Outdoor Recreation Industry Initiative (ORII) was launched with the goal of building up the outdoor recreation economy in the region to complement its existing energy economy, by enhancing outdoor experiences and offerings, and to provide an extensive support system that guides, outfitters, and gear manufacturers can utilize to make their businesses more successful.