Lincoln National Forest
A wide variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians make their home on the Lincoln. Deer, elk, bear, and turkey draw a large percentage of New Mexico's game hunters to the forest. There are unlimited opportunities to observe and enjoy the songbirds and other small animals. Fishing is limited to a few streams, although some private fishing lakes are nearby. Also, Bonito Lake recreation area managed by Agamogordo City is adjacent to the Smokey Bear Ranger District. The Sikes Act projects, funded through the sale of game and fish stamps, along with support from a broad spectrum of other sources, finance production and improvement of animal habitat.
Lincoln National Forest in southern New Mexico varies from craggy limestone cliffs and desert canyons to rolling pinyon hills, high mountain streams, and subalpine forests and meadows. This tremendous diversity of habitats is home to a rich assortment of native animals and plants. Coupled with local climate patterns, the area's unique geological history has allowed many species that are found nowhere else in the world to evolve here.
Over half of all the threatened or endangered plants in New Mexico and one-quarter of all the rare or endemic animals in New Mexico are found here. The Forest Service manages habitat for these species to ensure their populations for all to enjoy.
Also, over 300 species of wildlife, including almost 200 types of birds, are found on the Lincoln. Hawks, nuthatches, vireos jays, and many different owls are commonly heard or seen during even the shortest of forest visits. The abundance of deer, elk, bear, and turkey make the Lincoln one of the most popular hunting spots for hunters from New Mexico and west Texas.
Together, the Sacramento, Capitan, and Guadalupe Mountains make up one of the most biologically rich places in New Mexico. Although many of the areas on the Forest are widely used, other places are more remote and unexplored. For example, an entirely new species of plant was discovered in the Forest as recently as 1985.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication