Game and Fish biologists honored for conservation efforts

Two New Mexico Department of Game and Fish biologists have been honored by peers for their wildlife and fishery conservation work.

Leland Pierce, the department’s amphibian and reptile biologist, was awarded the New Mexico Chapter of The Wildlife Society’s Professional Award.  New Mexico Wildlife magazine, NMDGF.Leland Pierce, the department’s amphibian and reptile biologist, was awarded the New Mexico Chapter of The Wildlife Society’s Professional Award at the organization’s annual meeting Feb. 5 in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Bryan Bakevich, the department’s Rio Grande cutthroat biologist, was named the Arizona-New Mexico Chapter of the American Fisheries Society’s Professional of the Year award.

Leland helped develop and implement recovery plans for numerous wildlife species and was instrumental in coordinating a revision of the department’s biennial review of New Mexico’s threatened and endangered species. He also helped bridge the gap between wildlife and geospatial communities for use in wildlife management arena.

Bryan Bakevich, the department’s Rio Grande cutthroat biologist, was named the Arizona-New Mexico Chapter of the American Fisheries Society’s Professional of the Year award.  New Mexico Wildlife magazine, NMDGF.Bakevick worked on the Rio Costilla Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Restoration Project, one of the largest inland native trout restoration efforts in North America. The project’s record of success helped keep the native trout off the federal list of endangered species.

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It is the mission of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish to conserve, regulate, propagate and protect the wildlife and fish within the State of New Mexico, using a flexible management system that ensures sustainable use for public food supply, recreation and safety—and to provide for off-highway motor vehicle recreation that recognizes cultural, historic and resource values while ensuring public safety.