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NHNM Data Management Group Organizes ESA Section 10 Reports for USFWS New Mexico Ecological Services Field Office

Since 2011, Natural Heritage New Mexico (NHNM) has worked with the New Mexico Ecological Services Field Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to develop a searchable website for New Mexico Section 10 reports. Per Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act, all permitted researchers and contractors submit annual reports of research conducted on federally listed species to USFWS to inform the Service on the current status of the species. These reports have some of the most current information on federally listed species in New Mexico. NHNM has been creating electronic copies of permit reports and entering them into the website that is available to USFWS and New Mexico Department of Game and Fish personnel. In addition, NHNM has been mining relevant data from Section 10 reports for entry into NM Biotics, NHNM's biodiversity database. Data entry into NM Biotics will make species specific geospatial data available for use in agency and public resource and management planning.