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Helianthus paradoxus

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NM Animals
Biota Information System of New Mexico (BISON-M) contains species accounts for all vertebrate and many invertebrate species of wildlife that occur in New Mexico.

Castilleja tomentosa

NM Rare Plants
The New Mexico Rare Plants Website has species accounts for rare plants in New Mexico.

Bosque by Daniela Roth

Biodiversity Reports and Publications
Search NM CIS publications and data references.

NMRipMap The New Mexico Riparian Habitat Map (NMRipMap) provides a comprehensive, fine-scale spatial view of the composition, cover, and structure of riparian and wetland vegetation along New Mexico’s perennial streams and rivers.
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New Mexico Environmental Review Tool (NM ERT) is an interactive tool for conservation planning and New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) review of important resources for wildlife and habitats. 

Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool

The New Mexico Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool
is an online planning tool that displays crucial wildlife habitat across New Mexico.

Escobaria sneedii var. leei

The New Mexico Rare Plant Conservation Strategy was developed to protect and conserve New Mexico’s rare and endangered plant species and their habitats and to avoid federal listing.

NM State WIldlife Action Plan (NMSWAP) Web Portal

The State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) website is your portal for exploring the conservation needs and opportunities for New Mexico wildlife and their habitat. The web portal is based on the State Wildlife Action Plan, a non-regulatory planning document that provides a high level overview of the status of species and habitats in New Mexico.

The Southwest Research Natural Areas (RNA) Database has information on USDA Forest Service lands available for research and monitoring in New Mexico and Arizona. RNAs are protected from human-caused disturbance and are ideal for climate-change monitoring.