FARMINGTON — Wild horse roundups and Glade Run Recreation Area trails will be discussed next week at the Bureau of Land Management Farmington Field Office's Resource Advisory Council meeting.

The two-day meeting begins Oct. 17 at the BLM office in Farmington, 6251 College Blvd. The meeting is from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days.

Wild horse roundups and the Glade will be discussed Oct. 17. The council members are slated to hear presentations from glade users in the morning and wild horses will be the topic of conversation in the afternoon, said Bill Papich, the coordinator for the Resource Advisory Council.

For several years the BLM Farmington Field Office has considered making changes to travel rules within the recreation area north of Farmington. Citing an increasing number of user groups, BLM officials said possible changes might affect where in the glade motorized and nonmotorized travelers will be allowed.

The resource council, which makes recommendations to the field office, includes several nonmotorized users, but there isn't an official off-highway vehicle advocate on the council, Papich said.

The BLM invited several motorized users to talk to the council on Wednesday morning.

Darryl Dunlap, a member of the board of the directors for the New Mexico Off-Highway Vehicle Alliance, is one of several motorized users who will speak to the council about glade trails.

Dunlap said Farmington's surrounding landscape is a world-renowned destination for motorized and nonmotorized travelers.


He said he will advocate for sharing the land.

"It all boils down to people need to play nice and share the sandbox," he said. "If we all keep fighting everyone is going to lose."

Problems between motorized and nonmotorized users can be solved by putting up signs and mapping the trails better, he said.

The field office's wild horse roundups will be discussed in the afternoon.

The is the first year that the BLM Farmington Field Office will manage a herd of wild horses in northern New Mexico. The U.S. Forest Service previously managed the herd size.

A herd of about 400 horses live in Jicarilla Wild Horse Territory, which is a 76,000-acre area of Jicarilla Apache, BLM and Carson National Forest land about 40 miles east of Bloomfield. The horses are the only wild horses in northern New Mexico.

In the past seven years, Papich said the U.S. Forest Service removed 60 horses from the herd each year by bait trapping so the land could better sustain the herd, Papich said.

The exact details of the BLM's wild horse roundup will be described at the meeting. The agency may include helicopter roundups, Papich said.

"Wild horses are a complicated, emotional and highly sensitive issue," he said.

The public is invited to attend the meeting. There is an official public comment period at 3 p.m. Oct. 18.