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Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program executes 7 Private lands Agreements with New Mexico Landowner
Southwest Region, July 29, 2005
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The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program staff, New Mexico Ecological Services Field Office, executed 7 private lands agreements (agreements) with private and tribal landowners in July 2005. A total of $131,000 will be used to restore or enhance approximately 1,250 acres of fish and wildlife habitat (e.g., grassland, riparian and forest) and restore nearly 2 miles of in-stream habitat. A Native American Tribe in central New Mexico will construct two projects that will restore a total of almost 40 acres of Rio Grande bosque habitat by removing exotic, non-native salt cedar and Russian olive and replanting native species. This will potentially benefit federally listed or candidate species such as the southwestern willow flycatcher, bald eagle, and yellow-billed cuckoo. The Tribe will also plant native vegetation in a backwater area that has the potential to provide habitat for the Rio Grande silvery minnow. Other projects with private landowners include riparian restoration in the Middle Rio Grande bosque and Santa Fe River watershed, restoration of habitat that could provide an area for the introduction of the Chiricahua leopard frog, improve habitat for declining grassland birds (e.g., loggerhead shrike, gray vireo, Cassin's sparrow, black-chinned sparrow), and protecting the Lee's and Sneed's pincushion cactus, both federally protected species.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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