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Mexican Wolf Blue Range Reintroduction Project

Adaptive Management Oversight Committee

and Administration


The Mexican Wolf Blue Range Reintroduction Project (Project) formally began on Jan. 28, 1998, when a pack of three Mexican wolves was brought to an acclimation pen in the Blue Range, near Alpine, Arizona, from pens at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. The planning processes that led to that event began nearly 20 years earlier, and they continue today.

From 1998 through 2002, the Project operated under direct supervision of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, acting largely through the Interagency Management Advisory Group composed of cooperating agency and county representatives. That approach evolved from 2002 through 2004 into State and Tribal leadership for the Project and participation by many other agencies, organizations and the public. An interagency Adaptive Management Oversight Committee (AMOC) now manages the Project, which is carried out on the ground by an Interagency Field Team (IFT).

The six co-lead agencies participating in this cooperative effort are: Arizona Game and Fish Department, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, White Mountain Apache Tribe, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services and USDA Forest Service. This management approach provides opportunities for participation by local governments, nongovernmental organizations and individuals from all segments of the public.

Public participation in the Project is ensured through an Adaptive Management Work Group (AMWG), which includes AMOC agencies and other state and county government agencies. The AMWG meets quarterly in public sessions in the Project area to provide a forum for open discussion of issues of concern and to gather public input that helps the agencies guide the Project.

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- AMOC Memorandum of Understanding [PDF, 49kb]
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