The Natural Resources Management Act was overwhelmingly approved by the US Sentate and will likely pass the House and be signed into law by President Trump. Of particular interest to the Raton region, the National Resources Management Act includes the Cerros del Norte Conservation Act, creating two wilderness areas within the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument near Taos.
The Cerro del Yuta Wilderness is in the northeast section of the national monument and includes Cerro del Yuta (aka Ute Mountain), a volcanic cone and the highest point in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.
The Rio San Antonio Wilderness is in the far northwest section of the national monument.
These two wilderness areas measure 21,540 acres combined, or roughly 11% of the national monument.
Legislative updates and boundary maps will be posted here when available. The full text and status of the Act can be found here at Congress.gov: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/47/text