Public Comment

We encourage participation with both Department planning and Commission action items.

For State Game Commission items see the Commission → Proposals Under Consideration page.

Department Plans

Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout, Pecos Watershed

New! Restoration of Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout in the Pecos Watershed:

The U.S. Forest Service – Santa Fe National Forest, in cooperation with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, proposes to restore native Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Oncorhynchus clarkii virginalis to Willow Creek and Cow Creek located on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest in San Miguel County, New Mexico.

A public meeting will be held at the Pecos Municipal Buidling in Pecos, NM on March 4th from 6-8 pm to provide more information to those interested in the project. Official comment forms and comment submission instructions are located at the end of the below document.

Restoration of Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout in the Pecos Watershed

William S. Huey WMA

Proposed Facilities Construction on the William S. Huey Wildlife Management Area:

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (Department) is planning construction of an office/shop complex, equipment shed, and supporting infrastructure on the William S. Huey Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located at 439 Karr Ranch Road, Artesia, New Mexico 88210. The proposed action will include the construction of an office/shop (approx. 3,920 square feet), a connected wash bay (approx. 640 square feet), and a separate equipment shed (approx. 5,400 square feet). Supporting infrastructure will include parking areas, secure fuel storage, security fencing, and all associated utility infrastructure. The facilities will be used for staff offices, storage and maintenance of habitat/wildlife management equipment, and as a base of operations to ensure proper natural resource management and a positive public access experience on the remainder of the 2,880 acre WMA.

The Department has recently contracted a draft Environmental Assessment to analyze environmental considerations (below). There is a 30-day public comment period (November 20, 2018 – December 20, 2018). Comments/suggestions should be sent to: HueyEA@parametrix.com.

Wm S Huey WMA Facilities Construction Environmental Assessment Draft 10-18

Proposed Shooting Ranges

New Mexico has an abundance of federal and state owned public lands utilized for a variety of mixed recreational activities including; hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, shooting, horseback riding and off-highway vehicle use. The Department has identified several areas statewide, where a structured public shooting range would consolidate recreational shooting activities and benefit all users of public lands and teach the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to be a responsible hunter.

The Department is working with Federal, County and City governments to secure some of these lands to construct firearm and archery ranges for public use.

Current projects include proposed ranges in these communities:

All proposed shooting ranges follow the Environmental Protection Agency’s Best Management Practices for Lead at Outdoor Shooting Ranges (https://www3.epa.gov/region02/waste/leadshot/epa_bmp.pdf); meet or exceed the National Rifle Association‘s standard for range construction (https://rangeservices.nra.org/); and comply with NRA Range Safety Rules. Perimeter fencing will be installed and posted to keep hikers, horseback riders, and ATV riders from unintentionally entering the shooting range. All city, county and state building codes will be adhered to during the construction.

Comments/suggestions should be sent to DGF-ShootingRanges@state.nm.us.