New Mexico's Conservation Information and Research Center
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Data Release Policy
Our database contains sensitive information concerning the exact locations for Threatened, Endangered and Sensitive (TES) elements (e.g., species and communities) in New Mexico. Only employees of NHNM have direct access to data contained in NHNM NM Biotics. However, information and information products based on our data set are readily available to:
- Management agencies
- Environmental Consultants
- Non-profit Organizations
- Scientists and students
- Other members of the public
Information requests are served subject to the needs of the requestor and the provisions of our formal data release policy. In general, we do not provide location data at a precision sufficient to find a given population (or element occurrence,"EO") unless the requestor has a management authority over that EO, owns the land for that EO or has a scientific need to locate that EO. We strive hard to work with information requestors to provide data that fulfills their needs and which is at the appropriate precision for their needs. We also strive hard to protect the interests of the TES elements and our data providers.
When particularly sensitive elements are included in a data set or when data are provided at a level of precision that sensitive elements might be located (e.g. 7.5'' quad level or below), the recipient must guarantee that the provided data will not and cannot be used to bring harm, either intentional or inadvertent, to any TES elements included in the data set. Written acknowledgement of this responsibility must be provided before such data are released.
For regular users, data-providers and management authorities, we seek to enter into a data use agreement or gain memorandum of understanding with the data user. This process facilitates the process of providing or exchanging data, optimizes the conservation value of the provided data and ensures that the provisions of our data sensitivity and data release policy are met.
Our current policy does not allow us to release data from White Sands Missle Range, Fort Bliss or any tribal lands in New Mexico without their written permission. For more information contact the NHNM Information Manager.