Wildlife expert ready to visit

By Jake Swafford

Guest columnist

One of my favorite times of the year is almost here. The Roosevelt County Fair is scheduled Monday through Aug. 23.

I always enjoy my time in the field working with landowners to create wildlife habitat, but it’s nice to take a break and mix with the people of Roosevelt County.

I’ve helped with the Soil and Water Conservation District’s booth for the past two years now, and think this year will be the best yet.

This year the Natural Resource Conservation Service will be present with information on soil health and plant productivity. It also will have staff available to talk about conservation and answer any questions about the technical and financial assistance it offers.

The booth also will provide information on wildlife issues such as habitat management, rangeland improvement, and threatened and endangered species such as the lesser prairie chicken.

Wildlife biologists from the New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts and Quail Forever will be there to answer questions.

We hope to better inform you about what you can do to help wildlife.

Whether you’re a hunter or someone who just enjoys seeing animals, we would love to talk.

I plan to attend the fair each night. There should be lots to see, and I’m sure it will be loads of fun. I look forward to talking with all of you, whether I’m at the booth or enjoying the fair. Hope to see everybody there.

Jake Swafford is a wildlife biologist with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever who works in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the Natural Resource Conservation Service. Contact him at (575) 201-8117 or by email: