NM List Of Endangered Cultural Properties Grows

Apr 10, 2013

The New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance is expanding its list of endangered cultural properties.

The organization will be adding to the list the plains of San Augustin in southern New Mexico, the Masonic Temple Center in Santa Fe and a historic lodge at Conchas Dam when it meets for an annual conference this week in Portales.

The organization says it hopes the three new listings will alert the public to possible threats to their preservation.

The San Augustin Plains include vast grasslands. Ranchers in the area are concerned about plans for drilling wells and pumping water out of the area.

The Masonic Temple Center may be up for sale, endangering the future of the unique building and its furnishings.

The Conchas Lodge has been closed since 2003 and is deteriorating.

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