22 Bay Tree Road, Building B
Kawaik'a Center (near the baseball fields)
Pueblo of Laguna
Rangeland Management Program
22 Bay Tree Road, Building B
PO Box 194
Laguna, NM 87026
Phone: (505) 552-7512
Fax: (505) 552-9770
Richard Bonine, Jr., Rangeland Manager
Billy Delores, Range Improvement Technician
Ray Konico Jr., Range Improvement Technician
Delbert Siow, Range Improvement Technician
Aaron Lorenzo, Sr., Range Improvement Technician
Nevin Garcia, Range Improvement Technician
The Rangeland Management Program is responsible for the protection and sustainable management of rangelands within the exterior boundaries of the Pueblo of Laguna that are not within village boundaries. Our primary goal is optimal utilization and management of resources from a physical, biological, and economically sustainable perspective.
Scope of Work
The Rangeland Management Program is responsible for the proper management of the following resource areas: rangeland health, livestock grazing, non-village agriculture and irrigation. Program services include: Oversight, and administrative and technical assistance to the Pueblo's seven (7) Livestock Associations and the Pueblo Livestock Board, management and control of excess feral horse populations; and to facilitate maintenance and repair of rangeland infrastructure.
The department assist the seven livestock associations with equipment, livestock trailers, water tanks for hauling water, livestock squeeze chute, flatbed trailers, livestock panels and assist in converting windmills to solar power (solar plants). Currently five of the seven livestock associations use USDA NRCS EQP Funding for range improvements such as fencing, waterlines, water storage tanks and drinkers, if the livestock associations need assistance installing or implementing these projects we are here to assist.
In efforts to accomplish program initiatives, federal funding for rangeland and agriculture related projects continues to support our Scope of Work for approximately 375,000 acres of rangeland over 530,000-acres of Laguna Pueblo and lease land. Currently, the Program administers six (6) externally funded projects, and provides administrative support for two (2) Pueblo funded sub-programs; the Natural Resources Program has the Fence and Windmill crews from the roads and Rangeland Management Program to facilitate maintenance and repair of rangeland structures.
Rangelands occupy two-thirds of Pueblo land. A significant proportion of the natural vegetation is native grasses, grass-like plants, forbs, and shrubs, which are often suitable fro livestock grazing. Generally, the management of such lands is low intensity and consists of achieving desired conditions through natural processes.
Historically, the Pueblo used most of the land for grazing sheep and won numerous awards in various fairs for their quality sheep.
the sheep were herded by Laguna families. Often the herders stayed at various sheep camps located throughout the Pueblo. With the opening of the Jackpile Uranium Mine in the 1950's, many of the sheep owners chose to work at the mine rather than herd and market sheep. Today the Pueblo's livestock operations are focused on raising cattle on the rangelands.
Presently, seven (7) Livestock Associations are authorized to graze approximately 4,000 cattle on land owned by or leased by the Pueblo. The Livestock Associations are composed of around 100 members that graze cattle on approximately 380,000 acres of the Pueblo. Each association has its own by-laws and is responsible for range management within their area. The Rangeland Management Program works closely with the Livestock Associations and other range managers to sustainably maintain these rangelands.
Often traditional rangeland livestock husbandry practices are mixed with modern animal health and breeding practices. This provides those who participate in the program a tie with family traditions, Pueblo fellowship, a tie to rangeland management, and additional income for family expenses.
Grazing Ordinance 41-04
Trespass Ordinance 32-07
Livestock Board Ordinance