ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -The New Mexico Wildlife Federation will hold its annual conference April 3-4 at Isleta Casino and Resort Conference Center in Albuquerque. Titled Managing Wildlife and Habitat on a Landscape Scale, the conference presents information on protecting public lands and increasing wildlife populations by managing habitat on a regional landscape scale. Presentations include hunting and fishing forecasts for New Mexico, condition and productivity of mule deer in the state, highway impacts on wildlife and habitat and the emerging influence of sportsmen in the national conservation agenda. The banquet will feature the Valle Vidal and the proposed natural gas development there. The banquet will serve as a fundraiser and the start of a statewide campaign to protect the Valle Vidal from natural gas development, which would allow El Paso Corporation of Texas to drill hundreds of gas wells in prime elk wintering and calving areas in the Valle Vidal. The banquet ticket price includes a one-year membership in the New Mexico Wildlife Federation and a subscription to the Outdoor Reporter. The conference begins at 8 a.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for the conference and social hour. Admission for the conference and Saturday night banquet is $30. For more information and to register, call Oscar Simpson, (505) 345-0117, osimpson3@comcast.net or Jeremy Vesbach, (505) 232-4349.

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