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New Mexico Habitat Stamp Program. Helping Wildlife Where it Counts . . . Where Wildlife Lives. Orientation to Citizen Advisors 1-11. 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 1-11

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 $16.3 million to habitat work with an additional $15.8 million matched by federal agencies and $2.1 million by sporting groups.
hsp s mission
HSP’s Mission

Who-- HSP cooperators 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’s G&F Regulation
  • Agency Memorandum of Understanding
  • Strategic Plan
  • Landscape Plans (being developed)
  • 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 $850,000/yr
  • Limits expenditures to conservation & rehabilitation projects:

protection propagation

research/census live-trapping & transplantation

law enforcement regulated taking

habitat management access to public land (limited)

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What has the HSP Accomplished?

Since 1986:

Vegetation 683,000 ac.

Riparian 11,000 ac.

Waters 738

Surveys 705

Fisheries 83

Transplants 17

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

Apr - May Citizen Advisors’ meetings

Jun 1 Agency reports due

Jun SGC approval of projects/budget

Jul-Sep Funds allocated

Jul 1 Project-work begins

role of citizen advisor
Role of Citizen Advisor
  • Extension of the State Game Commission (provide values)
  • Provide citizen oversight
  • Think long-term and statewide
  • Articulate habitat desires
  • Remove impediments
  • Provide representation, but promote cooperation
  • Encourage performance
slide12

Tri-Agency HSP Review

Identified issues/problems

  • Maintenance
  • Enclosure Vandalism
  • Asset Inventory
  • Varying Agency Values
  • Citizen Participation
  • Formula Constraints
  • Billings
slide13

Program Extension

July 2010 the State Game Commission extended the HSP for another decade (to 2021)

  • Thank-you for your support
  • Provided a 3-part future emphasis
slide17

What is a “Landscape”

For planning purposes a “landscape” can be any clearly defined geographic area.

  • a pair of watersheds,
  • a wildlife population’s home range,
  • a key habitat type, or
  • even a body of water or stretch of stream
  • Etc.
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What is a “Landscape Plan”

  • Defined geographic area as mentioned previously
  • Spatially displays past habitat improvements
  • Spatially displays future habitat proposals in next 5 years
  • Ties project proposals back to agency plans for goals and objectives
why landscapes
Why “Landscapes”
  • Show public “whole story”
  • Do larger, more impactful projects
  • Complications arise and dense funds are needed to do aquatic landscapes
  • Some Fed units not ready for work
  • Attract more partners/funds
  • Incorporate limited G&F personnel in planning
impediments to spending s
Impediments to Spending $s
  • 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
threats to hsp

Delaware River

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
what does the hsp need from you the concerned citizen
What does the HSP need from you, the concerned citizen?
  • Support and
  • Engagement

atparticipatory & activist levels.