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Rep. Gail Armstrong Appointed to Rio Grande Trail Commission

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Veronica Rodriguez
House Republican Communications
(505) 986-4792

October 24, 2017

Rep. Gail Armstrong Appointed to Rio Grande Trail Commission

Santa Fe, NM – Rep. Gail Armstrong (R-Magdalena) has been appointed as a Legislative Advisory Member to the Rio Grande Trail Commission by New Mexico Speaker of the House Brian Egolf.

The Rio Grande Trail Commission was created in 2015 to bring public and private stakeholders together to study and recommend options for establishing a Rio Grande trail running the length of New Mexico from Colorado to the Texas border. The commission is also responsible for evaluating potential environmental impacts, mitigating challenges related to the trail, and recommending facilities and other enhancements.

Commission members include state agency heads, conservationists, and members of the public. Armstrong joins previously appointed Legislative Advisory Members Rep. Jason Harper (R-Rio Rancho), Sen. Carlos Cisneros (D-Questa), and Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D-Las Cruces).

“It’s important that the Middle Rio Grande corridor have an active voice in the development of the Rio Grande Trail, and I am pleased to be named as a Legislative Advisory Member to represent the area containing a central part of the trail,” Armstrong said. “Creation of the Rio Grande Trail will affect many communities in House District 49. Serving as an advisory member to the commission allows me to advocate for the interests of local stakeholders and help coordinate activities with other area groups working on similar efforts.”

Armstrong’s district includes the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge and the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge as well as the El Camino Real Historic Trail Site.

The commission meets at least three times during the year and must submit annual reports to Governor Susana Martinez and the appropriate interim Legislative committees. The commission’s most recent meeting took place on October 17, 2017, in Taos, New Mexico.