Habitat Stamp Program

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Habitat Stamp Program Public Meeting @ Virtual Meeting
Jun 15 @ 5:30 pm

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has scheduled a public meeting in order to allow the Citizen Advisory Committee to discuss Habitat Stamp Program Maintenance Activities. Members of the Public are invited to attend this meeting (to be held virtually) in order to offer feedback and ask questions.

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XP664KmOQv2HkDaJMdShiQ.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Comments can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Habitat Stamp Program Manager, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; or by email, Daniel.Lusk@state.nm.us, or in person at the meeting listed above.

HSP Meeting Agenda 06-15-2021

Mission Statement

Habitat Stamp Program cooperators are to provide ecologically diverse wildlife and fish habitats on USFS and BLM managed lands by involving the public in an effective, cost efficient, honest, and cooperative management process for enjoyment and use by current and future generations of New Mexicans.

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Helping Wildlife Where It Counts

What is the Habitat Stamp program?

The New Mexico Habitat Stamp Program is a collaborative partnership between sportspersons and federal land management agencies to enhance and conserve wildlife habitat on public lands in New Mexico. Licensed hunters, anglers and trappers on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or U. S. Forest Service (USFS) lands are required to purchase the stamp from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF). Each year, Habitat Stamp sales total approximately $900,000.

Funds are dedicated to habitat improvement projects each year, and are supported with funding and staff time from the USFS and BLM. Funding is not available for every proposed project, so a local Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) helps to review and prioritize restoration treatments. Members of the CAC represent hunters, anglers, trappers, conservationists, and public land permittees.

The Habitat Stamp Program is a collaborative effort with the public land anglers, hunters and trappers of New Mexico, federal land management agencies, and the NMDGF. The habitat work accomplished through this program is an example of broad collaboration in the conservation community, as it benefits wildlife, watershed health, and public land users throughout New Mexico.

How Can You Participate?

Everyone who purchases the Habitat Stamp is participating in the Habitat Stamp Program. We encourage conversation-minded members of the public to consider purchasing the stamp at any license vendor. The habitat work accomplished by this program is of benefit to non-game as well as game species.

If you would like to become more involved consider volunteering to serve on one of the five regional Citizen Advisory Committees. The HSP Manager accepts nominations at any time. Nominations are forwarded to the State Game Commission for appointment and members serve three year terms. The CAC meets once a year to prioritize projects and periodically attend field trips to visit habitat projects. Additional meetings are held as needed to accomplish program work.

If you or your organization is interested in volunteer work on HSP projects contact the Department HSP Manager listed below or the wildlife biologists in each of the BLM Field Offices or USFS Ranger Districts. Opportunities for volunteer work include project construction, monitoring, and maintenance.

For more information or questions about the Habitat Stamp Program please contact:

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

Your HSP Investment at Work

The Habitat Stamp Program (HSP) is a collaborative partnership between sportsmen, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and was implemented under authority of the Sikes Act (Public Law 93-452; 16USC670a) and New Mexico State Game Commission in 1986. The HSP was initiated on an experimental basis on the Valle Vidal Division of the Carson National Forest. A progression of areas fell under the Habitat Stamp Program jurisdiction until it culminated with statewide implementation in 1991.
Finally, thanks to sportsmen from whom a mandatory $5 fee is collected, there have been substantial funds available for wildlife habitat improvement. Every year sportsmen purchase approximately $900 thousand dollars worth of Habitat Stamp validations before they go afield to hunt, fish, or trap on BLM or USFS lands in New Mexico.

Wetland, Waterway, and Riparian Projects
Improvement of wetlands, waterways, and riparian areas enhance habitat for the wildlife that live both in and around wet environments. These improvements include in-stream structures, bank stabilization, riparian plantings, riparian enclosures, invasive species removal, and aquatic monitoring.

Vegetation Projects
Improvement of food, cover, and movement corridors is accomplished through a wide variety of projects, each designed to improve habitat. These projects include prescribed burns, mechanical and hand thinning, chemical application, and seeding.

Water Developments
Providing dependable sources of water benefits all wildlife. Water developments can include earth tanks, seep and spring enhancement, trick tanks and guzzlers, and maintaining existing infrastructure.

Other Related Projects
There are numerous other Habitat Stamp projects being completed that have a more indirect effect on improving the quality of wildlife and habitat. Such projects include wildlife census, species reintroduction, road management, fencing and fence modifications, and law enforcement.

Accomplishments of the Habitat Stamp Program

In the 32-years of implementing projects through the HSP, 2,398 wildlife and habitat enhancement projects have been funded at a level of over $49 million. Through this effort, the HSP has contributed over $21 million and federal agencies have reported contributing an additional $24.4 million in the form of labor, materials, planning, fiscal tracking, National Environmental Policy Act compliance, and obtaining archeological/cultural clearances. Since it was tracked in 1999, other organizational and volunteer partners have been reported to contribute $4 million in time and resources to this effort.

The combined agency (USFS and BLM) ratio for matching funds over the life of the program, 1986-2017, is $1.16 for each $1 spent by HSP. The cooperating agencies’ ability to match HSP funding varies from year to year based upon priorities and the level of federal funding available within the agencies’ budgets.

During the life of the program, the HSP funds have been used to improve approximately 849,854 acres of terrestrial habitat; enhance approximately 11,462 acres of riparian habitat; build 801 places for wildlife to obtain water; complete 825 wildlife population, habitat surveys and/or program needs assessments; complete 17 wildlife transplants; improve 88 aquatic habitat/fishing areas; maintain and/or monitor previously built structures 11,100 times; install approximately 805 erosion control structures for watershed improvement; provide habitat and shelter for wildlife; reduce human impacts on wildlife; and improve overall public enjoyment of wildlife.

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: $5

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. The funds collected are used to improve forests, lakes and streams on public lands as a long-term investment in habitat for fish and wildlife and to help assure our game and fish have a place to live and rear their young. Habitat enhancement projects are submitted through the Habitat Stamp Program, and are reviewed and prioritized by five citizen advisory committees from different parts of the state. Approved projects are then carried out by the BLM and USFS in cooperation with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

The license year runs from April 1st to March 31st and the Habitat Stamp is a one-time, annual purchase. The Habitat Stamp validation expires at the end of a license year. A signed license with a Habitat Stamp validation must be in possession while hunting, fishing or trapping on USFS and BLM lands. If a person has a Habitat Stamp validation on a fishing license, for example, and later purchases a hunting license, they do not need to purchase a second Habitat Stamp. However, it is highly recommended to re-print the current license immediately after the purchase, or prior to the next hunting fishing, or trapping trip on USFS or BLM lands. The re-printed license will have all previous and currently purchased licenses and validations.

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)


The following lists point out some specific public areas where the stamp is required.

Northwest New Mexico
Northeast New Mexico
  • Canadian River at Mills Canyon
  • Orilla Verde Recreation Area
  • Pecos River between Cowles and Pecos where it flows through Santa Fe NF
  • Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River where it flows through BLM lands
  • Red River Wild and Scenic River where it flows through BLM lands
  • Red River above and below the town of Red River where it flows through Carson NF
  • Valle Vidal
Southwest New Mexico
  • Gila River
  • Lake Roberts
  • Quemado Lake
  • Snow Lake
  • Willow Creek
Southeast New Mexico
  • Cedar Hills – Pine Lodge
  • Delaware River (BLM)
  • Fort Stanton (BLM)
  • Pecos River from Malaga to Texas state line
  • Rio Bonito Creek (USFS)
  • Rio Bonito – Fort Stanton area (BLM)


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


Creating Food for Wildlife

Importance of Water in New Mexico

The Importance of Space

The Importance of Cover

Project Proposals


Click +/- to view:

Central Region
CB: BLM – Rio Puerco Field Office
CBS: BLM – Socorro Field Office
CF: Cibola Natl. Forest (excludes Kiowa Natl. Grasslands)
Northeast Region
NEB: BLM – Taos Field Office
NECF: Carson Natl. Forest (exclude Jicarilla Ranger District)
NEK: Cibola Natl. Forest – Kiowa Natl. Grasslands
NESF: Santa Fe Natl. Forest
Northwest Region
NWB: BLM – Farmington Field Office
NWF: Carson Natl. Forest – Jicarilla Ranger District
Southeast Region
SEBC: BLM – Carlsbad Field Office
SEBR: BLM – Roswell Field Office
SEF: Lincoln Natl. Forest
Southwest Region
SWBL: BLM – Las Cruces Field Office
SWFC: Coronado Natl. Forest
SWFG: Gila Natl. Forest