Land exchange creates open space on Albuquerque’s west side

Albuquerque, New Mexico (AP) 12-07

More than 75 acres of state trust land on Albuquerque’s west side will be transferred to the city for use as open space.

State Land Commissioner Pat Lyons and Mayor Martin Chavez signed an agreement during early December to move forward with the land swap.

In exchange for the trust property, the Land Office will receive city-owned land of equal value in San Juan, Torrance or Bernalillo counties.

The trust land contains five archaeological sites, including what is referred to as the Folsom-period Paleo-Indian site. The land will serve as a buffer between residential and commercial development, and the Petroglyph National Monument.

“This agreement enables us to forever protect this unique and extraordinary treasure,” Lyons said.