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New Mexico Rare Plant Conservation Strategy

The New Mexico Rare Plant Conservation Strategy was developed by the Forestry Division of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) in coordination with the Rare Plant Conservation Partnership (NMRPCP), which includes state, federal, and tribal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and interested citizens. The Strategy aims to achieve results through a collaborative approach that is based on the best available science, close coordination, data sharing, and taking strategic action.
The Strategy is focused on 235 rare and endangered plant species in New Mexico, including 109 species that only occur in New Mexico and nowhere else in the world. These species are distributed among 135 Important Plant Areas (IPAs) across the state.
The overall goal of the New Mexico Rare Plant Conservation Strategy is to protect and conserve New Mexico’s rare and endangered plant species and their habitats through collaborative partnerships between stakeholders and interested parties to aid and improve the conservation and management of rare plant species and to avoid federal listing.

Specific goals include:

  1. Inventory, monitor, and research of Strategy Species to inform management and regulatory decisions
  2. Protect, manage, and restore Strategy Species and their habitats
  3. Improve data management, accuracy, storage, and dissemination
  4. Develop ex-situ conservation and recovery strategies and implement where appropriate
  5. Improve laws, regulations, and policies
  6. Increase collaboration, education, and outreach
  7. Improve funding, infrastructure, and rare plant programs

The Strategy is a call to action, highlighting conservation steps that federal, state, and local agencies, private groups, academic institutions, and others can take to assist with meeting the seven goals.

NM Plant Conservation Strategy Executive Summary

NM Plant Conservation Strategy - Full Report

NM Plant Conservation Strategy Scorecard Methods Report

NM Plant Conservation Strategy - Species List (Appendix A)


Strategy Species Observations per Ecoregion

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Figure 3. Distribution of Strategy Species across New Mexico’s 8 Ecoregions (NHNM 2017).

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Figure 4. Important Plant Areas of New Mexico and their Biodiversity Rank (NHNM 2017). Detailed information for each IPA, including shape files, species lists, acreage, and county of occurrence will be made available to land managers on request to the Forestry Division. See Appendix C for details.