Public Comment

Public Comment 2018-03-12T14:51:37+00:00

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

Opening of 2018 Biennial Review

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will review its State List of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife Species under the Wildlife Conservation Act (Section 17-2-40 NMSA 1978). Public comments on the 2016 Biennial Review document will be accepted during a 90 day review from 21 March 2018 through 18 June 2018.

The Biennial Review process determines whether a State-listed wildlife species will be “uplisted” from threatened to endangered, “downlisted” from endangered to threatened, or remain unchanged in the listings. Adding or removing species from the State List is a separate process.

Listing decisions are based only on biological and ecological factors. Social, economic, and political considerations noted during the review can be used in the implementation of conservation and recovery actions after a species is listed. The Wildlife Conservation Act contains no provisions for critical habitat, habitat regulation, or other restrictions regarding state-listed wildlife except to prevent direct taking of the species.

The Department will create a repository at the Headquarters in Santa Fe, and all public comments regarding species listing received during the review will be kept in the repository file. Public comments will be presented at a State Game Commission Meeting scheduled at least 30 days after the close of the review period. A second, 14-day comment period will follow the meeting and precede the final draft recommendations to be presented to the State Game Commission.

The Biennial Review can be viewed on the Department’s Web Site, www.wildlife.state.nm.us/conservation/wildlife-species-information/threatened-and-endangered-species/; or obtained by mail at New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: John Bulger, P. O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; or by email, john.bulger@state.nm.us. Comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on 18 June 2018 by email or regular mail at the addresses listed above.

Aquatic Invasive Species Rule

Accepting comments for proposed changes to the Aquatic Invasive Species Rule. Comments should be sent to: James.Dominguez@state.nm.us. Comments would be most helpful if received by May 9th.

Proposed Changes to Aquatic Invasive Species Rule 19.30.14 NMAC

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.