New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MAY 14, 2018:
Citizen Advisory Committees to meet to recommend Habitat Stamp projects
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has scheduled statewide Habitat Stamp Program Citizens Advisory Committee meetings for 2018. Citizen advisors will prioritize Habitat Stamp-funded projects for 2019 and 2020. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the following regional Citizen Advisory Committee meetings:
- Southeast: 10 a.m. May 22, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Southeast Area office, 1912 W. Second St., Roswell.
- Southwest: 10 a.m. May 24, Bureau of Land Management, Las Cruces District office, 1800 Marquess St., Las Cruces.
- Northwest: 10 a.m. May 29, Bureau of Land Management, Farmington Field office, 6251 College Blvd. Suite A., Farmington.
- Northeast: 10 a.m. June 1, Bureau of Land Management, Taos Resource Area office, 226 Cruz Alta Road, Taos.
- Central: 9 a.m. June 7, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Northwest Area office, 3841 Midway Place NE, Albuquerque.
The Habitat Stamp Program has an annual project budget of $750,000 with the support of hunters, anglers and trappers who purchase a $5 stamp each year to participate in their sports on Bureau of Land Management or U.S. Forest Service managed lands.
Over the life of the program more than $26 million has been raised through the sale of Habitat Stamps, and funds have been used to implement nearly 2,400 projects that have enhanced terrestrial and riparian habitats; constructed wildlife water developments; completed wildlife population surveys, habitat surveys, and wildlife translocations; improved aquatic habitat and fishing areas; maintained Habitat Stamp infrastructure; installed structures for watershed improvement; provided shelter for wildlife; reduced human impacts on wildlife; and enhanced overall public enjoyment of wildlife.
Since its inception, citizens have been involved in every aspect of the program, advising which habitats are most in need of improvement. Appointed by the State Game Commission, citizens representing sporting, conservation, and public-land permittee interests meet each spring to prioritize local habitat projects.