New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse Habitat Improvement Projects
Public Comment Sought on the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse habitat improvement projects on the Sacramento Grazing Allotment
ALAMOGORDO, CLOUDCROFT, NM – February 28, 2017 – The Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest is proposing to construct habitat improvement projects on the Sacramento Grazing Allotment to aid in the protection of New Mexico meadow jumping mouse (NMMJM) critical habitat.
The purpose of the proposal is to protect and improve the NMMJM habitat within the Sacramento Grazing Allotment to enhance the species viability and allow for continued livestock grazing and recreational activities. The proposed action includes permanent fencing in Rio Penasco and Wills Canyon with water lanes incorporated, constructing additional livestock handling facilities, and developing additional water for livestock and wildlife within the Sacramento Grazing Allotment to reduce impacts on critical habitat for the NMMJM. A closure order for areas fenced with electric fencing would be included to protect human health and safety and protect the habitat until permanent fencing is completed in those areas, the closure would be lifted once the permanent fencing was constructed. No authorized roads or trails would be included in the closure.
Public comments received in response to this solicitation will help the responsible official identify issues to be addressed in the environmental analysis for this proposal.
The stakeholder letter, including maps, is available online at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51153
Specific written comments will be accepted for 30 calendar days following publication of the legal notice in the Alamogordo Daily News. The legal notice is expected to be published on March 5, 2017. For more information about the project or how to comment, or to request a hard copy of the stakeholder letter, please contact Ciara Cusack, NEPA Planner, at 575-682-2551, or visit the above website.