Monthly Archives: September 2013

Wolves – Good News

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This is great news… A few years ago the Dept decided to pull out of all the wolf issues.. They basically said we are taking out ball and going home.  When they did that they basically removed themselves from having ANY influence on the wolf issue…  Like the wolves or not the Dept has to be engaged…

 

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Rachel Shockley, (505) 476-8071
Public contact: (888) 248-6866
rachel.shockley@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPT. 27:

DEPARTMENT TO ENGAGE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE IN WOLF RECOVERY PROGRAM

SANTA FE – The New Mexico State Game Commission voted Sept. 26 to direct the Department of Game and Fish to become a signatory to a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in drafting an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Mexican wolf recovery program.

Yesterday’s action comes two years after the Department officially pulled out of the Mexican wolf recovery program.
“We want to re-engage and be at the table with the Service to assist in the interpretation of biological data and influence decisions that are ultimately going to impact New Mexicans, and our wildlife resources, for decades to come,”Department Director Jim Lane said.
“It gives us great concern that the Service doesn’t have a viable recovery plan in place, yet they began development of an EIS,” Lane said.“Their approach puts stakeholders in a predicament of deciding to participate in a process that lacks defined objectives for wolf recovery, or risk sitting on the sidelines and watching the process unfold without the opportunity to provide input.”
While the State Game Commission supports the Department’s participation in development of the EIS, the Commission’s motion made note that it was not an endorsement or approval of the Mexican wolf program.
New Mexico ranchers continue to have reservations about the Wolf Recovery Program, due to the economic impact of losing cattle to wolves and the lack of a trustful working relationship between many in the affected ranching community and the Service.“We agree that the Department should be at the table, we strongly support this,” said Caren Cowan of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association.
Although listed as an endangered species, Mexican wolves are considered an“experimental, nonessential population,” which means the species lacks rigid no-take prohibitions under section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act. The species was reintroduced to southwestern New Mexico in 1998, with a goal of reaching a population of at least 100. The current known population is at least 75 Mexican wolves in the wild.

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YEP Hats

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WOW…

I just noticed that I haven’t posted a pic of the YEP Hats… HERE THEY ARE…

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Sportsman Bill of Rights – Please Sign

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EVERYONE…

This is super important PLEASE BE HEARD.

CLICK THIS LINK!!!

 

Sign the Sportsmen’s Bill of Rights

Be a Part of the Sportsmen’s Solution

The Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development Bill of Rights was created by hunters and anglers who want to ensure that our rights to hunt and fish on public lands are protected in the future. We recognize that our country needs energy and we know it is possible to develop resources and protect vital fish and game habitat at the same time. Sign up to today and help to ensure that our Western hunting and fishing heritage is protected for future generations.

The Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development Bill of Rights

  1. The public lands that hunters and anglers depend upon shall remain in the public domain for the use of future generations.
  2. Hunters and anglers shall have a voice in decisions affecting energy development on public lands.
  3. Public lands shall be managed for many uses, including hunting and fishing.
  4. Our hunting and fishing heritage shall not be jeopardized by energy development that fails to account for the future, long-term impacts to fish, wildlife, and water resources.
  5. Energy development shall not harm water resources that are priceless to people and vital to wildlife.
  6. Hunters and anglers shall not be forced to pay for the costs associated with poorly planned energy development on public lands.
  7. Energy development shall comply with standard guidelines, best management practices, and regulations put in place to minimize the impact of development on fish, wildlife, and people.
  8. Vital fish and wildlife habitat on public lands shall be protected. Sage grouse habitat, fragile trout streams, deer and elk winter range, riparian areas, and other irreplaceable habitats must not be sacrificed.
  9. All sectors of the energy industry shall pay its fair share of the cost for habitat mitigation and restoration on public lands that are impacted by development.
  10. State and federal fish and wildlife agencies shall have adequate funding to ensure the long-term health of fish, wildlife, and water resources on our public lands.

Please join other organizations, businesses, and individuals and endorse the Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development Bill of Rights. Play a role in bringing balance to energy development in the West.

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Comments Off on Habitat Stamp Volunteers – Need some…

Please ask me all the time how they can get involved.  This would be a great way of getting involved.

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Ross Morgan, (505) 222-4707
Public contact: (888) 248-6866
ross.morgan@state.nm.us
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPT. 4, 2013:
Game and Fish seeks citizen participation
in Habitat Stamp Program
ALBUQUERQUE – The Department of Game and Fish is seeking individuals interested in serving as advisors to the Habitat Stamp Program. As volunteers, advisors review habitat plans, prioritize habitat improvement proposals and forward their recommendations to the Department.
Each year since 1990, all anglers, hunters and trappers who use U.S. Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management lands must purchase a Habitat Stamp. The Habitat Stamp Program then uses the $5 fee for on-the-ground habitat improvements.
Citizen advisors are involved in every aspect of the program to help determine which habitats are most in need of improvement. Citizens who represent sporting and nonsporting conservation interests, along with public-land grazing permittee interests, meet each winter to provide input to and review habitat conservation plans. They reconvene in the spring to prioritize habitat proposals. Advisors serve three-year terms.
“We have five regional Citizen Advisory Committees to involve citizens early in the project-planning process,” Habitat Stamp Program Manager Dale Hall said. “What separates this program from other typical government programs is its citizen participation. Currently we are looking for volunteers to continue to assist the Department in making the wisest use of their Habitat Stamp dollars.”
The State Game Commission will appoint 35 citizens at its meeting Nov. 14 in Taos. Each of the five advisory committees will be composed of seven members representing conservation and public-land grazing permittee interests. Besides meeting twice a year, advisors attend field tours in summer months and report Habitat Stamp Program restoration efforts to their peers. Participation is completely voluntary.
To volunteer to serve and to learn more information about the program, please visit the Habitat Stamp Program page on the Department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us under the Conservation tab. Application forms are available on the website or by contacting Dale Hall at (505) 222-4725 or dale.hall@state.nm.us. Applications are due by Oct. 5, 2013.

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