The primary purpose of this study is help identify a source of stable matching funds should ‘Recovering America’s Wildlife Act’ (RAWA) become federal law. If passed, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) could potentially receive $27 million dollars in new, annual funds dedicated to the restoration of habitat and management of Species of Greatest Conservation Need, as identified by New Mexico’s State Wildlife Action Plan. These species typically receive limited dollars from traditional fish and wildlife funding mechanisms. To receive these funds, $9 million in annual matching dollars would be required from the state. Potential funding sources were identified via discussions with NMDGF staff plus similar past research in New Mexico and elsewhere. Overall, we assessed potential revenue and public support for 10 potential future funding mechanisms. The most supported options include dedicated revenue from oil and gas receipts and a New Mexico outdoor stamp.
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Future Funding Study
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