New Mexico — The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) is accepting public comment on a proposal that would allow bird hunting on some USIBWC lands along the Rio Grande in parts of New Mexico.
The USIBWC is considering allowing hunting along 55 miles of the Rio Grande in Sierra and Doña Ana Counties. Previously, the USIBWC prohibited hunting on all of its property in New Mexico while allowing hunting on some USIBWC lands in Texas. The USIBWC developed its proposed hunting areas in New Mexico after being approached by stakeholders interesting in hunting game birds near the Rio Grande.
The Draft Environmental Assessment (EA): Allowing Avian Hunting in Designated Areas along the Rio Grande Canalization Project, Sierra and Doña Ana Counties, New Mexico, which describes the proposed hunting areas and the environmental impacts of allowing hunting, is available at: <http://www.ibwc.gov/Files/DEA_Hunting_07232013.pdf>.
Public comments on the document are being accepted through August 23, 2013. Comments should be addressed to:
Elizabeth Verdecchia, Natural Resources Specialist
4171 N. Mesa, C-100
El Paso, TX 79902