Habitat Stamp Program Update

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The New Mexico Habitat Stamp program has improved more than 348,245 acres of habitat on public lands during its 17-year existence. The program has grown to an annual budget of $1.4 million with the support of hunters and anglers, who must purchase a $5 habitat stamp each year to participate in their sports on federal lands.

More than 1,358 wildlife habitat projects have been funded at a level of more than $12 million - $7.3 million from stamp sales and an additional $4.8 million in federal agencies' matching funds.

The program has enhanced 8,540 acres of riparian habitat, built 387 places for wildlife to drink water, surveyed 184 wildlife populations and habitats, transplanted wildlife eight times, improved 63 fishing areas, maintained 3,792 previously built structures and much more.

Since its inception, citizens have been involved in every aspect of the program, advising which habitats are most in need of improvement. The citizens represent sporting, environmental, public land permittee interests and meet each April to prioritize local habitat projects. Their recommendations are forwarded to the State Game Commission in June.

The following citizens were appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson to the Advisory Committees and will serve through April 24, 2005:

Central Region: John Harvell, Corrales; Tom McCalmont, Penny Elliston and Bill Rehm, Albuquerque;

Robert Radosevich, Rio Rancho; John Sandoval, Grants; Larry Dwyer, Tijeras.

Northeast Region: Edward Horst and Lois Herrmann, Santa Fe; Mike Maurer, Rio Rancho; Chris Martinez, Santa Cruz; Joe Torrez, Arroyo Seco; Norbert Mondragon, Ranchos de Taos; Joe Ortiz, El Prado.

Northwest Region: Vern Andrews, Doug Thomas and Darren Marcy, Aztec; Curtis Martin, Farmington; Howard Bradley and Randy Cooper, Bloomfield; Gail Cramer, Farmington.

Southeast Region: Bob Parish and Harold McCullough, Hobbs; Peg Briney, Roswell; Richard Few, Alamogordo; Rodney Hinshaw; Mayhill; Allan Myers, Texaco; Joe Rivera, Artesia.

Southwest Region: John Moen, Mesilla Park; William Van Dran and David Ogilvie, Silver City; Richard Weaver, Glenwood; V.W. Howard and Bill Ray, Las Cruces; Larry Malone, Deming.

The Department thanks committee members for their dedicated service to this program.