Habitat Stamp Program

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Habitat Stamp Program

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The New Mexico State Game Commission (SGC), under appropriate authorities, adopted NMAC 19.34.6, establishing the New Mexico Habitat Stamp Program (HSP). The program’s purpose is to plan, develop, and coordinate conservation and rehabilitation projects on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) managed lands that benefit fish and wildlife populations. The program is a partnership between the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF), the BLM and the USFS. The HSP is bound to follow NMAC 19.34.6, as well as direction provided by the State Game Commission.

HSP Manager
The HSP Manager is an employee of the NMDGF and acts as lead Department representative for the Habitat Stamp Program to develop, track, implement, and inspect projects that utilize HSP funding. The Manager works directly with BLM and USFS representatives and with contractors to implement projects.

HSP Partners
The HSP Partners are employees of the BLM and USFS engaged in wildlife habitat restoration activities, in addition to conservation organizations and members of the public interested in habitat conservation and restoration.

Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC)
CAC appointments are made by the SGC in accordance with NMAC 19.34.6. The CAC is made up of nine members and is authorized to provide citizen advice and to prioritize eligible projects for HSP funding. CAC members are expected to represent the interests of the stamp holders, public land users, and are encouraged to engage in outreach activities. CAC members are volunteers, and may resign at any time of their choosing.

Project Opportunities
Projects are developed by NMDGF and HSP partners and must include:
• Clearly defined and described actions.
• Relevant historical information, such as past land management actions, past natural disturbances, and recent land uses.
• Comprehensive and Itemized proposed use of funds.
• Comprehensive analysis to demonstrate purpose and need for project.

The HSP serves as a supplemental funding mechanism for fish and wildlife conservation projects. Project opportunities that are presented to the CAC are planned and developed collaboratively between the NMDGF, BLM, and USFS. Projects are developed taking into consideration advice and guidance provided by the CAC to the three agencies.

It is required by NMAC 19.34.6 that a minimum of 50% of HSP project expenditures support projects that benefit fish. This will be tracked and presented during public meetings, and in annual completion reports.

Daniel Lusk

Habitat Stamp Program Manager
New Mexico Dept. of Game and Fish
Cellphone: 575-649-1658

Areas the Habitat Stamp is Required/Not-Required

Habitat Improvement Stamp or validation map for USFS and BLM lands and waters in New MexicoHabitat Stamp Cost: $10

A Habitat Stamp is required, in addition to the proper license, to fish, hunt, or trap on US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and US Forest Service (USFS) lands and waters in New Mexico. Please see the Current Year Hunting Rules and Information Booklet for complete definitions about Habitat Stamp Possession Rules.






Areas the Habitat Stamp is Required

The stamp is required on the following federal lands:

  •   Carson National Forest
  •   Cibola National Forest
  •   Coronado National Forest
  •   Gila National Forest
  •   Lincoln National Forest
  •   Santa Fe National Forest
  •   Kiowa National Grasslands
  •   All BLM properties (except those in Game Unit 28)


Areas the Habitat Stamp is Not Required

The stamp is not required on the following lands:

  •   County lakes, streams and properties
  •   Indian pueblos and reservations
  •   Municipal lakes, streams and properties
  •   NM Department of Game and Fish big game and waterfowl areas; and department fishing areas not located on USFS lands
  •   NM State School Trust lands
  •   Private lands
  •   US Army Corps of Engineer lakes and properties
  •   US Bureau of Reclamation lakes and properties
  •   US Fish and Wildlife Service refuges
  •   US military installations


The following lists point out some specific public areas where the stamp is not required.

Northwest New Mexico
  • Abiquiu Lake
  • Bluewater Lake
  • Cochiti Lake
  • Drains and ditches in Albuquerque area
  • El Vado Lake
  • Fenton Lake
  • Heron Lake
  • all other fishing and hunting areas in GMU 4
  • Jackson Lake
  • Jemez Canyon Dam
  • Lake Farmington
  • Los Alamos Reservoir
  • Manzano Lake
  • Morgan Lake
  • Navajo Lake
  • Ramah Lake
  • Tingley Beach
Northeast New Mexico
  • Charette Lakes
  • Cimarron River
  • Clayton Lake
  • Coyote Creek
  • Conchas Lake
  • Dry Cimarron
  • Eagle Nest Lake
  • Gallinas Ice Pond
  • Lake Alice
  • Lake Maloya
  • Maxwell Lake No. 13
  • McAllister Lake
  • Monastery Lake
  • Mora Campground on Pecos River
  • Morphy Lake
  • Pecos River (the parts within the Bert Clancy Fishing Area)
  • Rio Costilla downstream of Valle Vidal
  • Springer Lake
  • Storrie Lake
  • Tucumcari (or Ladd Gordon) Lake
  • Ute Lake
  • Villanueva State Park
  • White’s Peak
Southwest New Mexico
  • Bear Canyon Lake
  • Bill Evans Lake
  • Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
  • Burn Lake
  • Caballo Lake
  • Elephant Butte Lake
  • Escondida Lake
  • Glenwood Pond
  • Leasburg Dam
  • Mesilla Dam
  • Percha Dam
  • Rio Grande Pond
  • Sevillita National Wildlife Refuge
  • White Sands Missile Range
Southeast New Mexico
  • Alto Lake
  • Avalon Lake
  • Bataan
  • Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Black Lake
  • Bonito Lake
  • Bottomless Lakes
  • Brantley Lake
  • Carlsbad Municipal Lake
  • Cottonwood Creek
  • Eunice Lake
  • Felix River
  • Green Meadow Lake
  • Grindstone Lake
  • Jal Lake
  • Lake Van
  • Maddox Lake
  • Penasco River
  • Power Dam Lake
  • Rio Ruidoso
  • Santa Rosa Lake
  • Sumner Lake
  • Willow Lake