Bureau to Host Decision-Makers Field Conference, May 3, 2005

SOCORRO, N.M. -- On May 17-19, 2005 the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources will conduct its fourth Decision-Makers Field Conference, in cooperation with New Mexico’s Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department and a number of other groups who provided technical, financial, and logistic support. This year’s conference will focus on Mining in New Mexico: The Environment, Water, Economics, and Sustainable Development, specifically in the Taos region.

First conducted in 2001, these field-oriented conferences are designed to address a wide range of geologic, hydrologic, natural resource, and environmental issues affecting the future of New Mexico and its citizens. Specifically targeted for a mix of national, state, and local political leaders, agency heads, industry leaders, environmental leaders, and other decision makers, the conferences provide an opportunity to learn first-hand about natural resource problems, opportunities, and potential solutions from some of the top experts in the field. The conferences offer a chance to visit many of the sites involved in legislative concerns and to hear balanced opinions regarding current scientific knowledge on these matters. The trips stimulate onsite debates about public policy matters, strategies for growth, and methods for solving problems. Finally, there is an opportunity for state agencies and disparate groups to demonstrate to decision makers their ability to work cooperatively and deal constructively with real-world issues. The conferences generally draw 40-45 decision makers, by invitation only. Previous conferences have addressed diverse topics including Water, Watersheds, and Land Use in the Santa Fe Region, New Mexico’s Energy, Present and Future, and Water Resources of the Lower Pecos Region.

This year’s conference will include stops along the Red River, Molycorp’s molybdenum mine near Questa, and aggregate and industrial mineral sites from Taos to Velarde. Specific topics that will be addressed include watershed protection and restoration, mineral and aggregate resources of New Mexico, environmental and community issues associated with mining, abandoned mine lands issues, and sustainable development. The printed guidebook developed to accompany the conference provides a broad overview of these topics in 30 non-technical papers and will be available to the general public following the conference, through the publication sales office at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, in Socorro (505-835-5490).

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources is a non-regulatory research and service division of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro. The bureau has served as the geological survey for the state of New Mexico since 1927.


For more information, contact:

Peter Scholle, State Geologist & Director
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801
(505) 835-5294
or (505) 835-5410