Decade Of Discovery

New Mexico – A Bureau of Land Management science symposium in Albuquerque is bringing together about 100 scientists to discuss everything from fossil discoveries to native plant restoration.

The Decade of Discovery symposium began Tuesday and continues through Thursday.

It celebrates the 10th anniversary of the National Landscape Conservation System.

The system includes national monuments, national conservation areas and similarly designated lands, wilderness and wilderness study areas, wild and scenic rivers, national scenic and historic trails and the conservation lands of the California desert.

They encompass 886 federally recognized areas covering 27 million acres as well as 8,425 miles of rivers and national trails.

The symposium includes presentations on research, panel discussions and field trips.

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