Citizens invited to recommend Habitat Stamp projects

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The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has scheduled statewide Habitat Stamp citizens advisory committee meetings for 2013. In Socorro, a meeting will be held at 1 p.m. May 1 at the Bureau of Land Management office, 901 S. Highway 85.

Citizen advisers will prioritize habitat projects for 2014 and 2015. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend meetings.

Since its inception, citizens have been involved in every aspect of the program, advising which habitats are most in need of improvement. Appointed by the State Game Commission, citizens representing sporting, environmental and public-land permittee interests meet each spring to prioritize local habitat projects.

The Habitat Stamp Program has an annual budget of $740,000 with the support of hunters, anglers and trappers who purchase a $5 stamp each year to participate in their sports on BLM or U.S. Forest Service lands.

In the 27-year life of the program, 2,179 wildlife habitat projects have been funded at more than $40 million.

During its life, the Habitat Stamp Program has improved more than 793,505 acres of habitat; enhanced more than 11,000 acres of riparian habitat; built 760 places for wildlife to obtain water; reduced human impacts on wildlife; improved enjoyment of wildlife; and much more.

For more information about the Habitat Stamp Program, contact Dale Hall at 505-222-4725.