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2017 Approved RCPP in New Mexico

New Mexico Initiative for Rangeland, Forestland, and Wildlife on Ranches with Federal Lands

Lead Partner: New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts

In response to drought conditions and extreme wildfires impacting more than 1.5 million acres from 2009 to 2013, New Mexico has developed a Restore New Mexico plan that includes treating brush-invading lands and dense forest lands, soil erosion, and wildlife habitat degradation.  As part of this effort, more ranchers in 15 conservation districts collaborated on the Coordinated Resource Management Plans (CRMP), which will be the basis for Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and private industry to continue to restore affected areas on both private and federal land.

Canadian River Watershed Restoration Project (CRWRP)

Lead Partner: Canadian River Riparian Restoration Project

Wor king across private, federal and state lands, the partners in this area of New Mexico will focus on treating invasive plant species while maintaining energy production, maintaining cultural traditions, and supporting operation sustainability.  A Coordinated Resource Management Plan (CRMP) will be developed collaboratively by the rancher, federal and state land management agencies to ensure that all areas of the watershed will be able to benefit from treatment of brush invasion, soil erosion, and wildlife habitat degradation. Support for the Jornada Rangeland Research Programs will ensure that the most up-to-date and scientifically sound conservation methods will be used.

North Central New Mexico Watershed Restoration Project

Lead partner: Claunch-Pinto Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)

Poor historic management of forest and riparian watersheds and climate change are creating a dire situation. Wildlife, fish, acequias, rural economies, tourism and outdoor recreation are all at risk from the associated impacts of watershed wildfires. Without a large scale watershed solution wildfire will threaten more communities within the Wildland Urban Interface. Claunch-Pinto SWCD and its partners have identified forest restoration treatments on private, public, state and tribal lands that are located within the upland ponderosa pine, pinon, and juniper watersheds and in the lower elevation riparian ones.

New Mexico Acequia Revitalization on Historic Irrigated Lands (NMAR)

Lead Partners: New Mexico Acequia Association, Interstate Stream Commission, New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts

The objective of the proposal is to facilitate and promote surface water conservation, increase irrigation system efficiencies/effectiveness and improve water quality on agricultural lands and for downstream purposes in primarily highly minority/underserved communities.  The New Mexico Acequia Revitalization Initiative (NMAR) will use Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts with farmers and ranchers operating irrigated lands served by an acequia system.  Water quantity and quality will be improved by restoring historic acequias on agricultural lands supporting local families and communities


New Mexico Restoration, Canadian River, and North Central RCPP will be administered through the same process as general EQIP.  Ie: application, ranking, planning and payments.

The Acequia RCPP will use a different process called the Alternative Funding Method.  Assistance requests, applications, ranking, planning and payments will be completed through NMACD.  NRCS will have the NMACD forms and distribute to the participant.  Participants are to contact Norman Vigil (505) 967-8760 immediately to get on his list. 

Agricultural producers are encouraged to contact their local NRCS New Mexico Service Centers for more information.


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