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Conservation News 2017-12-07T09:21:21+00:00

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Big machinery moves in to save small, critical species

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 The Nature Conservancy Tracey Stone, (602) 738-1586 tstone@TNC.ORG FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MAY 25, 2017: Big machinery moves in to save small, critical species SILVER CITY – Huge machinery, backhoes, hard work and a lot of sweat will be part of a massive Mimbres River restoration project designed to save an imperiled fish found nowhere else in the United States and a frog that’s near extinction. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and The Nature Conservancy are joining forces in this effort to rebuild a robust population of the Chihuahua chub and enhance the status of Chiricahua leopard frogs. The work is happening on The Nature Conservancy’s Mimbres River Preserve in Grant County. “We’re seeing great success from a similar project along the Mimbres and are excited to partner Read more...

Citizen advisory committees to meet to recommend Habitat Stamp projects

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 26, 2017: 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 2017. Citizen advisors will prioritize Habitat Stamp-funded projects for 2018 and 2019. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the following regional Citizen Advisory Committee meetings: Southwest: 10 a.m. May 15, Gila National Forest office, 3005 E. Camino del Bosque, Silver City. Southeast: 9 a.m. May 17, Central Valley Electric Cooperative, 1403 N. 13th Street, Artesia. Central: 9 a.m. May 18, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish office, 3841 Midway Place N.E., Albuquerque. Northwest: 9 a.m. May 22, Carson National Forest office, 1110 Rio Vista Lane, Unit #2, Bloomfield. Northeast: Read more...

Be bear aware when out and about this spring

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 17, 2017: Be bear aware when out and about this spring SANTA FE – People and wildlife are getting outdoors more often now that spring has arrived, and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is reminding everyone to be aware of the greater chance of encountering bears and other native wildlife. Males and young, independent bears are emerging from hibernation this time of year and they will be out foraging and seeking territory of their own, said Rick Winslow, the department’s bear and cougar biologist. Sows with cubs will follow in May, while cubs born last winter that spent this winter with their mother soon will be setting out on their own as their mothers seek to breed again. After three years of good Read more...

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...