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New Mexico Conservation Information System reaches 100,000 observations!

Chart of growth in rare and endangered species observations between 2002 and 2016.
Map of New Mexico Conservation Information System observation as of 11/11/2016.
Photo of New Mexico Rock Daisy, Perityle staurophylla var. staurophylla

•Thanks to 25 years of staff and UNM student effort, the contributions of many dedicated biologists, and collaborations with our agency and university partners, Natural Heritage New Mexico’s Conservation Information System (NM CIS) has reached a milestone of 100,000 sensitive species observations.

•This rich data set includes federal and state listed species, Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN), rare plant, and species of conservation concern observations.

•NHNM makes this data available to agencies, business, organizations and the public through our website, and information requests.

•This data informs other online information sources like the Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool and the upcoming Environmental Review Tool NHNM is developing for New Mexico Department of Game & Fish.

“We strive to collect comprehensive data for species of conservation concern in New Mexico and the 100,000 observation milestone is a significant step towards that goal. We have developed data exchange systems with our agency and research partners that have greatly increased the scope of our data sets.” said Rayo McCollough, Data Manager for NHNM.

The 100,000th observation was for New Mexico Rock DaisyPerityle staurophylla var. staurophylla, a New Mexico endemic species.