Craig Martin Addresses Los Alamos Open Space System

Craig Martin


Los Alamos County Open Space Specialist Craig Martin will present “The Los Alamos Open Space System” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3 at UNM-LA in Building 230 of the Lecture Hall. The public is invited to attend.

Perhaps it is time for Los Alamos to officially define the Los Alamos Open Space System. Martin has a plan. The culmination of 15 years work, the Los Alamos Open Space Management Plan suggests pulling together a variety of County-owned land under various zoning designations to clearly define the Los Alamos Open Space System.

The purpose of the plan is to identify the key features of County open space that make Los Alamos a desirable place to live and visit, and to outline ways to protect those important resources. The work on this plan began in the late 1990s when the County established two open space planning committees. Martin’s plan relies heavily on the work of those committees, which represents about four years of work.

An officially designated Open Space System where the County maintains 62 miles of trails and ensures connections to another 50 miles of trail in the Santa Fe National Forest would also make it easier and more attractive for
visitors looking for outdoor recreation.

The plan also states the County’s ongoing goals for protecting natural and cultural resources, managing open space as trail corridors, and searching for ways to preserve the vistas and viewpoints that are one of the constantly positive amenities of living in Los Alamos.

Getting down to details, the plan addresses key land management issues in six distinct ecosystems on County-owned land. Specific actions to prevent erosion by storm water runoff from urbanized areas, maintaining service roads,
eliminating invasive species, and reducing wildland fuels are discussed in the plan.