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NHNM Dunes Sagebrush Lizard Habitat Map

NHNM has contracted with the Center of Excellence for Hazardous Materials Management to provide a habitat map for the dunes sagebrush lizard (Sceloporus arenicolus). This project will also produce a comprehensive and reliable database of known dunes sagebrush lizard localities in New Mexico. Primary goals of the project include a habitat map covering the species' range in southeastern New Mexico. Suitable habitat will be modeled at the blowout scale within the shinnery dune ecosystem that the lizard occupies. NHNM will produce a web map application for use by biologists, resource planners, contractors, and industries operating within the lizard's range in NM. The goal of the project is to provide the best scientific information to help reduce the conflict between land use pressures and conservation of habitat necessary to ensure survival of the dunes sagebrush lizard.