Park Service to open Old Santa Fe Trail Building to the public

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By Special to the Monitor

SANTA FE – The National Park Service (NPS) will host a public open house and building tour on Nov. 30 in the Great Room of the Old Santa Fe Trail Building, located at 1100 Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe.
A tour of the building and its grounds will begin at 4:30 p.m.  and the open house will be from 5:15-     7 p.m.
This open house is meant to provide information about and invite public review and comment on the draft Cultural Landscape Report for the Old Santa Fe Trail property.
 This document includes recommendations for managing the historic landscape of this National Historic Landmark. A “scoping” open house was held for the same project in March.
The General Management Plan for the Old Santa Fe Trail Building gives overall guidance for managing the structure and its landscape for preservation of resources, use by NPS and visitors, and interpretation of the building and its history. The Cultural Landscape Report is provided for in the management plan. It is intended to give building managers detailed recommendations for the care of the building’s historic landscape, including native and introduced vegetation, water use and irrigation.
This open house will include an opportunity for the public to tour the building and grounds, learn about the landscape report process, and share ideas and concerns about management of this historic property.
The landscape report is not a formal environmental review document under the National Environmental Policy Act. Therefore, it does not require a formal public involvement process.
But the Park Service decided to hold the open houses and tours to continue and improve its open relationship with the building’s neighbors and the Santa Fe community.
NPS wants and values community comment and feedback. The cultural landscape report is being prepared for the Park Service by faculty and students at the University of New Mexico, and staff of Morrow Reardon Wilkinson Miller Ltd, an Albuquerque landscape architecture firm.
NPS also has begun consultation with the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division (HPD) on this project.