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New Mexico Habitat Stamp Program Helping Wildlife Where it Counts . . . Where Wildlife Lives Orientation to Citizen Advisors 12-07 What is the Habitat Stamp Program? A management process authorized under the federal Sikes Act A funding mechanism for on-ground habitat work

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new mexico habitat stamp program

New Mexico Habitat Stamp Program

Helping Wildlife Where it Counts . . .Where Wildlife Lives

Orientation to Citizen Advisors 12-07

what is the habitat stamp program
What is the Habitat Stamp Program?
  • A management process authorized under the federal Sikes Act
  • A funding mechanism for on-ground habitat work
  • A mechanism for inter-agency interaction/collaboration
  • An agency/citizen partnership
hsp history
HSP History
  • Began with Valle Vidal in 1986.
  • Progressive implementation onto other areas until statewide in 1991.
  • Has provided $12.4 million to habitat work with an additional $10.7 million matched by federal agencies and $1.1 million by sporting groups.
hsp mission statement
HSP Mission Statement

Who HSPcooperators are

What to provide ecologically diverse wildlife and fish habitats

Where on USFS and BLM managed lands,

How by involving the public in an effective, cost efficient, honest, and cooperative management process

Why for enjoyment and useby the current and future generations of New Mexicans.

guiding documents
Guiding Documents
  • Sikes Act
  • HSP Regulation
  • Memorandum of Understanding
  • Statewide Strategic Plan
  • Five Regional Plans
  • Procedure Manual
the sikes act public law 93 452 16usc670g k
The Sikes Act (Public Law 93-452, 16USC670g-k)
  • Allows for a fee to be collected
  • Mandatory for hunters, anglers, & trappers
  • Generates approximately $1 million/year
  • Limits expenditures to conservation & rehabilitation projects:

protection propagation

research/census live-trapping & transplantation

law enforcement regulated taking

habitat management access to public land (limited)


What has the HSP Accomplished?


  • Vegetation 538,000 ac.
  • Riparian 10,000 ac.
  • Waters 637
  • Surveys 700
  • Fisheries 72
  • Transplants 15
annual hsp calendar
Annual HSP Calendar

Year around Seek public participation

Sept 1 - Jan 31 Agencies design projects

Jan 31 Project proposals due

Jan - Mar Inter-agency meetings

Mar - May CAC meetings

Jun 1 Accomplishment-reports due

Jun SGC approval of projects/budget

Jul-Sep Funds allocated

Jul 1 Project-work begins

hsp organization
HSP Organization

NE Region CAC

role of citizen advisor
Role of Citizen Advisor
  • Extension of the State Game Commission (provide values)
  • Provide citizen oversight
  • Think long-term/statewide
  • Articulate desires (what you want the habitat to look like)
  • Remove impediments
  • Provide representation, but promote cooperation
  • Encourage performance
strengths of hsp
Collaborative decision-making process

Publicly supported funding source

Checks and balances

Public participation process

Cooperative environment

Professional expertise


Strengths of HSP
weaknesses of hsp
Limited personnel/lowering agency priority

Lack of project-effectiveness monitoring

Inadequate education and outreach

Increasing maintenance needs

Increasing cost and inefficiency due to regulatory compliance

Weaknesses of HSP
threats to hsp
Loss of purpose

Slippage in agencies’ priority

Loss of public/sportsmen support

Reduction in license sales

Use of funds other than for accepted purposes

Failure to show results

Threats to HSP
funding allocation formula
Funding Allocation Formula
  • Regional Allocations
  • Northwest 14.4%
  • Southeast 24.8%
  • Southwest 19.8% (Minimum of
  • Central 18.6% 35% to
  • Northeast 22.4% each agency)
  • Percentages based on 1991 landmass and sporting-use of landmass
impediments to spending
Impediments to Spending $
  • Disasters (e.g. fire danger, lawsuits)
  • Increased regulations (e.g. NEPA compliance, archeological clearances, endangered spp. considerations)
  • Higher priorities (e.g. reduce fire danger, oil & gas permitting, grazing permitting, endangered spp., etc.)
  • Differing state & federal funding timelines
how to overcome impediments
How to overcome impediments?
  • Fewer, but larger-scale projects
  • Improved planning
  • Address maintenance issues
  • Increased public oversight
what does the hsp need from the concerned citizens
What does the HSP need from the concerned citizens?
  • Support and
  • Engagement

atparticipatory & activist levels.