Public Comment Sought on New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse Habitat

ALAMOGORDO, CLOUDCROFT, NM, August 14, 2017 – The Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest is proposing to construct habitat improvement projects on the Agua Chiquita 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 Agua Chiquita Grazing Allotment to enhance the species viability and allow for continued livestock grazing and recreational activities. The proposed action includes permanent exclosure fencing in the Agua Chiquita Canyon with water lanes incorporated, constructing additional livestock handling facilities, and developing additional water for livestock and wildlife to reduce impacts on critical habitat for the NMMJM.  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=51273

Specific written comments will be accepted for 30 calendar days following publication of the legal notice in the Alamogordo Daily News (August 11, 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 ccusack@fs.fed.us, or visit the above website.  For more information about the Lincoln National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LincolnUSForest