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Department of Game and Fish

About the Department

From mammals and birds to fish, amphibians and reptiles, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish oversees the management of a large diversity of wildlife species, and their habitats, across our great state. In addition to the management of more common species, the Department also develops and implements recovery plans for wildlife species listed by the state as threatened or endangered, ensuring that the biodiversity of New Mexico is not lost.

The Department efforts generate nearly $1 billion a year to the state’s economy, often to rural areas where funds are needed most. Receiving no money from the state’s General Fund, the Department is funded by sportsmen and women who enjoy outdoor recreational opportunities across the state. License sales annually provide approximately $20 million, our primary funding source. This is supplemented by the federal Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program, which provides an additional $12 million by matching the dollars we invest in conservation on a three-to-one basis. It is with these funds that the Department manages and conserves New Mexico’s wildlife resources for current and future generations.

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Stephanie Schardin Clarke

Chair of the New Mexico State Game Commissioners: Sharon Salazar Hickey

Sharon Salazar Hickey serves as a Program Manager for the Associate Laboratory Director for Environment, Safety, Health, Quality, Safeguards and Security at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Leading the Office of Institutional Policy, she has extensive experience in policies and procedures, government contracts, employment law and alternative dispute and conflict resolution. Receiving her Juris Doctorate degree from California Western School of Law, Salazar Hickey is a member of the New Mexico State Bar. She has also served on the New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps Commission since 2012. As an avid outdoor enthusiast, Salazar Hickey loves spending time hiking, biking and snowshoeing.

Contact Information

NM Department of Game & Fish
1 Wildlife Way, Santa Fe, NM 87507

Phone: (505) 476-8000
Toll-free: (888) 248-6866

Email: ispa@state.nm.us

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