New Mexico Administrative Code
Title 19 - NATURAL RESOURCES AND WILDLIFE
Chapter 33 - ENDANGERED AND PROTECTED SPECIES
Part 5 - ADDING A SPECIES TO THE STATE LIST OF THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES BY ADOPTING A SPECIES ON THE FEDERAL LIST
Section 19.33.5.8 - PROCEDURES

Universal Citation: 19 NM Admin Code 19.33.5.8

Current through Register Vol. 35, No. 6, March 26, 2024

A. The director shall present, in writing, any recommendation to add a species to the New Mexico list of threatened and endangered species, through adoption of a species on the United States list of endangered fish and wildlife as set forth in the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Section 17-2-40 NMSA 1978), at a properly scheduled meeting. Upon receipt of the recommendation, the commission shall establish a date and location, within six months, for a public hearing on the recommendation (Section 17-2-40 L NMSA 1978).

B. At least 90 days before the public hearing, notice of the hearing shall be mailed to federal and state agencies, local and tribal governments, and individuals and organizations that have requested notification of department actions regarding threatened and endangered species; and a legal notice shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the area affected by the recommendation (Section 17-2-40 K NMSA 1978).

C. Notice of the public hearing shall:

(1) include the date, time and location of the hearing (Section 17-2-40 K1 NMSA 1978);

(2) include a statement of the recommendation (Section 17-2-40 K2 NMSA 1978);

(3) indicate the location and availability of the public repository for the recommendation, and for the hearing record (Section 17-2-40 K3 NMSA 1978);

(4) indicate where and by what date written comments and written testimony may be filed for inclusion in the hearing record (Section 17-2-40 K4 NMSA 1978);

(5) indicate that written comments and testimony may address biological and ecological evidence and any economic and social impacts of the recommendation (Section 17-2-40 E 5 6 NMSA 1978);

(6) indicate that written comments pertaining to any economic and social impacts of the listing decision shall be preserved in the repository for consideration in developing, if practicable, any recovery plan (Section 17-2-40 G NMSA 1978);

(7) indicate that views, data and comments pertaining to the biological and ecological evidence in the recommendation may be presented orally or in writing at the hearing (Section 17-2-40 G L NMSA 1978);

(8) specify that notice of intent to present technical and scientific testimony on the biological and ecological evidence, and a written copy of the testimony to be presented, shall be submitted to the commission not less than 30 days prior to the hearing (Section 17-2-40 K6 NMSA 1978);

(9) and specify that the public record shall remain open for written comments for 30 days after the date of the hearing (Section 17-2-40 K7 NMSA 1978).

D. The commission shall make its decision and take action, based on the relevant and reliable evidence, to add or not to add a species to the New Mexico list of threatened and endangered species at its next regularly scheduled meeting within no more than 30 days after the close of the hearing record (Section 17-2-40 L NMSA 1978). The commission shall:

(1) list a species as endangered in New Mexico if it finds that the species prospects for survival or recruitment within the state are in jeopardy based upon the biological and ecological evidence in the public repository and based upon biological and ecological evidence received in the public hearing (Section 17-2-40 L1 NMSA 1978); or

(2) list a species as threatened in New Mexico if it finds that the species' prospects for survival or recruitment within the state are likely within the foreseeable future to be in jeopardy based upon the biological and ecological evidence in the public repository and biological and ecological evidence received in the public hearing (Section 17-2-40 L2 NMSA 1978); or

(3) find that there is sufficient documented, relevant and reliable, contrary evidence, in the public repository, or received in the public hearing, regarding the biological and ecological status of the species; and instruct the director to conduct further study of the species.

E. The commission's decision on the director's recommendation to add a species to the New Mexico list of threatened and endangered species, through adoption of a species on the United States list of endangered fish and wildlife as set forth in the Endangered Species Act of 1973, shall be announced by a news release to the major newspapers of the state.

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