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NMDGF Conservation News

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USFWS approves N.M.’s State Wildlife Action Plan

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007 karl.moffatt@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, APRIL 7, 2017: USFWS approves N.M.'s State Wildlife Action Plan SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish received notice the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially approved New Mexico’s State Wildlife Action Plan on Wednesday. The plan was approved by the New Mexico State Game Commission last November and was submitted to federal administrators resulting in an initial release of $812,000 in State Wildlife Grant Program (SWG) funds and qualifies the department to continue receiving annual funds through 2025. New Mexico’s State Wildlife Action Plan is a non-regulatory, science-based planning document that provides an inventory of species throughout the state in need of conservation, their habitats, potential threats and potential conservation actions. The department will use the plan to guide the preparation of Read more...

Project proposals sought for Share with Wildlife funding

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007 karl.moffatt@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MARCH 30, 2017: Project proposals sought for Share with Wildlife funding SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s Share with Wildlife program is accepting project proposals for the upcoming funding year. The Share with Wildlife program funds projects up to $50,000 in four categories: habitat enhancement, biological and ecological studies, wildlife rehabilitation and wildlife education. Topics of particular interest to the department for the funding year and details about the proposal format are listed in the Call For Project Information (CFPI) for FY (fiscal year) 2018 (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018) available at http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/conservation/share-with-wildlife/ under the Applications-Reports tab. Any questions about the application process and final project proposals should be submitted to Share with Wildlife Coordinator Ginny Seamster, virginia.seamster@state.nm.us. All proposals Read more...

Bighorn sheep captured and relocated to Cochiti Canyon

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007 karl.moffatt@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 10, 2017 : Bighorn sheep captured and relocated to Cochiti Canyon SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish captured 34 bighorn sheep this week at the Chevron Mine in Questa and transferred them to Cochiti Canyon to supplement the existing Jemez Mountains herd. The bighorn sheep on mine property came from a herd at Wheeler Peak. Biologists wanted to move the sheep primarily to augment the Jemez Herd. They also wanted to reduce the number of sheep along N.M. 38 between Questa and Red River. Numerous sheep in recent years have been killed in traffic collisions on the rural highway. A motorcyclist also died in one of those crashes. Most of the captured sheep where netted at a roadside site, said Read more...

Conservationists honored at Governor’s Special Hunt Auction and Awards Banquet

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007 karl.moffatt@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MARCH 6, 2017: Conservationists honored at Governor's Special Hunt Auction and Awards Banquet ALBUQUERQUE – Some of New Mexico’s most accomplished and dedicated wildlife conservationists received special honors recently at the annual Governor’s Special Hunt Auction and Awards Banquet. Sanford Schemnitz, a longtime professor at New Mexico State University, was presented the 2017 Governor’s Conservationist Lifetime Achievement Award. Schemnitz has dedicated his life to wildlife conservation, teaching and inspiring countless students toward conservation careers. His research and studies also contributed significantly to reintroductions of desert bighorn sheep and Gould’s turkeys to their historic ranges in New Mexico. Stewart Liley, who in 10 years with the Department of Game and Fish rose from Elk Program manager to chief of the Wildlife Management Division, received the 2017 Director’s Wildlife Read more...

Fisheries biologist receives lifetime achievement award

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007 karl.moffatt@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MARCH 6, 2017: Fisheries biologist receives lifetime achievement award SANTA FE –New Mexico Department of Game and Fish fisheries biologist Marc Wethington has received a lifetime achievement award from the American Fisheries Society. Wethington, a 21-year veteran of the department, received the society’s Fish Head of the Year Award at a recent meeting in Farmington. The award honors career achievement. Wethington, 53, is a New Mexico Highlands University graduate and a Kirtland native. He has been stationed at the San Juan River below Navajo Dam his entire career. He has overseen numerous habitat improvement projects in the river designed to mitigate low water flows and maintain the high-quality trout fishery. The world-renowned fishery boasts an estimated 70,000 trout averaging 16 to Read more...