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Land commissioner to meet with lawmakers about land swap

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By The Staff

State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons will be meeting with area state lawmakers on the proposed trade of state land with ranchers in the White Peak area.

Many sportsmen have complained about the swap, saying it's taking prime hunting ground from the public. Gov. Bill Richardson has joined them in the criticism.

The Land Office has defended the trade as providing a better alignment of state and private lands in the White Peak area. The agency has noted that many people have been trespassing on private land there.

The meeting will be open to legislators and the media at 1 p.m. Thursday at the State Land Office on Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe. A spokeswoman for the Land Office said the public isn't invited.