Public Comment

We encourage participation with both Department planning and Commission action items.

For State Game Commission items see the Commission → Proposals Under Consideration page.

Department Plans

Programmatic Agreement Public Comment

Programmatic Agreement Public Comment

Programmatic Agreement Public Comment:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program partners with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) to manage wildlife and acquire wildlife habitat in the State of New Mexico through grant programs. These activities potentially could affect cultural resources and indigenous religious interests that include archaeological sites and traditional cultural properties.

The USFWS is guided by legislation to take appropriate precautions to ensure the protection of cultural resources. The USFWS has authorized NMDGF to identify consulting parties, define the Area of Potential Effect (APE), identify historic properties, assess potential effects, and make determinations and recommendations pursuant to 36 CFR 800.2(c)(4) (Appendix B). The USFWS has entered into a cultural resource Programmatic Agreement (PA) to fulfill portions of the USFWS’s obligations to cultural resources. The USFWS has consulted with the New Mexico State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) during development of this Programmatic Agreement (PA) and the SHPO is a Signatory to the PA under 36 CFR 800.6(c)(1)(i). The USFWS consulted with the Federally-recognized Native American Tribes pursuant to 36 CFR 800.2(c) (2) and 36 CFR 800.14(f) regarding this PA.

The NMDGF conducts a cultural resource investigation in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act / Section 106 and the New Mexico Cultural Properties Act (NMSA 18-6-8.1) under the obligations of the 2018 National Historic Properties Act Programmatic Agreement.

The purpose of the cultural resource investigations is to record and assess known and newly revealed cultural resources within New Mexico State Game Commission and participating entity’s lands in relation to given proposed projects cited below. Within the parameters of the National Historic Preservation Act and the New Mexico Cultural Properties Act, the NMDGF on behalf of the New Mexico State Game Commission seeks public comment specifically and solely in relation to cultural resources of these proposed projects conducted through the state on State Game Commission Property, specific partnered lands, leased State Trust lands and participating private lands.

Grant Program Summary

Programmatic Agreement

Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout, Pecos Watershed

Restoration of Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout in the Pecos Watershed:

The U.S. Forest Service – Santa Fe National Forest, in cooperation with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, proposes to restore native Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Oncorhynchus clarkii virginalis to Willow Creek and Cow Creek located on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest in San Miguel County, New Mexico.

A public meeting will be held at the Pecos Municipal Buidling in Pecos, NM on March 4th from 6-8 pm to provide more information to those interested in the project. Official comment forms and comment submission instructions are located at the end of the below document.

Restoration of Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout in the Pecos Watershed

William S. Huey WMA

Proposed Facilities Construction on the William S. Huey Wildlife Management Area:

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (Department) is planning construction of an office/shop complex, equipment shed, and supporting infrastructure on the William S. Huey Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located at 439 Karr Ranch Road, Artesia, New Mexico 88210. The proposed action will include the construction of an office/shop (approx. 3,920 square feet), a connected wash bay (approx. 640 square feet), and a separate equipment shed (approx. 5,400 square feet). Supporting infrastructure will include parking areas, secure fuel storage, security fencing, and all associated utility infrastructure. The facilities will be used for staff offices, storage and maintenance of habitat/wildlife management equipment, and as a base of operations to ensure proper natural resource management and a positive public access experience on the remainder of the 2,880 acre WMA.

The Department has recently contracted a draft Environmental Assessment to analyze environmental considerations (below). There is a 30-day public comment period (November 20, 2018 – December 20, 2018). Comments/suggestions should be sent to: HueyEA@parametrix.com.

Wm S Huey WMA Facilities Construction Environmental Assessment Draft 10-18

Proposed Shooting Ranges

New Mexico has an abundance of federal and state owned public lands utilized for a variety of mixed recreational activities including; hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, shooting, horseback riding and off-highway vehicle use. The Department has identified several areas statewide, where a structured public shooting range would consolidate recreational shooting activities and benefit all users of public lands and teach the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to be a responsible hunter.

The Department is working with Federal, County and City governments to secure some of these lands to construct firearm and archery ranges for public use.

Current projects include proposed ranges in these communities:

All proposed shooting ranges follow the Environmental Protection Agency’s Best Management Practices for Lead at Outdoor Shooting Ranges (https://www3.epa.gov/region02/waste/leadshot/epa_bmp.pdf); meet or exceed the National Rifle Association‘s standard for range construction (https://rangeservices.nra.org/); and comply with NRA Range Safety Rules. Perimeter fencing will be installed and posted to keep hikers, horseback riders, and ATV riders from unintentionally entering the shooting range. All city, county and state building codes will be adhered to during the construction.

Comments/suggestions should be sent to DGF-ShootingRanges@state.nm.us.