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C omprehensive W ildlife C onservation S trategy Purpose To address a gap in management that focused solely on managed game or t & e species. Most species are not managed game or t & e. New Mexico’s plan includes game, non-game and t & e species.

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  • To address a gap in management that focused solely on managed game or t & e species. Most species are not managed game or t & e. New Mexico’s plan includes game, non-game and t & e species.
  • Consolidate information in an ecologically based approach to provide a blueprint for collaborative and coordinated wildlife conservation initiatives at the state and regional level.
  • Nutshell: Keep common species common and prevent vulnerable species from becoming listed.

Sandhill Crane, Grus canadensis

Chapter 1, Pgs. 1-4

  • 5/03 Partnering process began
  • Core planning team- technical committees.
  • 9/26/05 Governor and Chairman of State Game Commission submitted a draft CWCS for review and acceptance by the USFWS.
  • 12/15/05 National Advisory Acceptance Team (13 members) reviewed and approved draft.
  • 2/14/06 Director of USFWS sent NMDGF Director a letter officially approving of the State’s plan.
  • 2007-9 Outreach Project
  • 11/08 NMDGF hired a Conservation Strategy Coordinator to assist with implementation of CWCS.

Black bear, Ursus americanus amblyceps

Chapter 1, Pgs. 1-4

8 required elements
8 Required Elements
  • Information on distribution and abundance of species that are indicative of the diversity and health of the State’s wildlife (SGCN).
  • Location and condition of habitat essential to identified species (HGCN).
  • Threats to elements 1 and 2 and data needs.
  • Prioritized conservation actions for elements 1 and 2.
  • Monitoring plans for elements 1,2, and 4, adaptation of plans for new information or changing conditions.
  • Formally review CWCS every 10 years or less.
  • Coordination of Development, Implementation, Review and Revision of CWCS w/other entities (Tribal, Federal, State, Public, Private, NGO, etc.).
  • Public participation component.

Chapter 2, Pgs. 6-22

  • Develop conservation actions based upon- SGCN, condition of HGCN, threats facing HGCN or SGN, information gaps, decision making needs, and desired future outcomes to strategically, holistically and pro-actively conserve these species and habitats. All in one document!

White-Sided Jack Rabbit, Lepus callotis gailardi

Chapter 1, Pgs. 1-4

element 2 habitats of greatest conservation need hgcn
Element 2- Habitats of Greatest Conservation Need (HGCN)
  • HGCN divided into 2 categories:

Ecoregions and Watersheds

7 8

Which are further divided into Key Habitats:


8 5

Key Terrestrial Key Perennial Aquatic

Habitats Habitats

Chapter 3, Pgs. 25-52

7 ecoregions
~ 7 Ecoregions ~
  • Southern Rocky Mtn

Colorado Plateau

Central Shortgrass Prairie

  • Southern Shortgrass Prairie

AZ-NM Mtns

  • Chihuahuan Desert

Apache Highlands

Chapter 3, Pg. 32

8 watersheds
~ 8 Watersheds ~

San Juan

  • Canadian


Rio Grande





Chapter 3, pg. 32

element 1 species of greatest conservation need sgcn
Element 1- Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN)


Other Arthropods








Total Number of SGCN=

# of Species

  • 154
  • 74
  • 66
  • 42
  • 37
  • 32
  • 32
  • 15


Chapter 4, Pgs. 53-89

other arthropods
Other Arthropods

Sandia Hairstreak, Sandia mcfarlandi

Bleached Skimmer Dragonfly, Libellula composita

Sacramento Mtns. Checkerspot,


Painted Redstart, Myioborus pictus pictus

Hooded Oriole, Icterus cucullatus


Lewis’s Woodpecker, Melanerpes lewis

Costa’s Hummingbird, Calypte costae



Animas Talussnail, Sonorella animasensis

Pecos Assiminea Snail, Assiminea pecos

Texas Hornshell, Popenaias popeii

Hacheta Grande Woodlandsnail, Ashmunella hebardi


Rocky Mtn. Bighorn Sheep, Ovis canadensis canadensis


Swift Fox, Vulpes velox

Abert’s Squirrel, Sciurus aberti aberti

Spotted Bat, Euderma maculatum



White Sands Pupfish, Cyprinodon tularosa

Smallmouth Buffalo, Ictiobus bubalus

Gila Chub, Gila intermedia

Pecos bluntnose Shiner, Notropis simus pecosensis


California Kingsnake, Lampropeltis getula californiae

Texas Banded Gecko, Coleonyx brevis


Ornate Box Turtle, Terrapene ornata

Reticulate Gila Monster, Heloderma suspectum suspectum



Noel’s Amphipod, Gammarus desperatus

Socorro Isopod, Thermosphaeroma thermophilum


Tiger Salamander, Ambystoma tigrinum

Mountain Tree Frog, Hyla eximia


Great Plains Narrowmouth Toad, Gastrophryne olivacea

Rio Grande Leopard Frog, Rana berlandieri


Prioritized Conservation Action Areas

The darker the color, the greater the need for action.

Chapter 4, Pg. 62

importance to watersheds
Of the 867 species of vertebrates known to occur NM, approximately 479 (55%) rely wholly or in part on aquatic, riparian or wetland habitat for their survival.

CWCS provides watershed and multi-species specific guidance for implementing conservation measures for both habitats and species in relation to their associated threats (water loss, habitat conversion, aquatic invasive species, etc.).

Via SWG, CWCS can provide a source of federal match to conservation related projects.

Importance to Watersheds

American Beaver, Castor canadensis

Chapter 5, Pgs. 219-416

A coalition of more than 5,700 organizations

supporting increased public funding for wildlife

conservation and related education and recreation.

State Wildlife Grants

  • In 2001 with the support of the Teaming With Wildlife coalition, US Congress passed SWG as a proactive source of funding for taking conservation action before a species needs the protection of listing.
  • In 2003 Congress required that in order for the states to continue to receive their funding, they needed to create a strategic, holistic, and pro-active conservation plan (CWCS) and which SWG would be solely tied to.
  • Requires a 50% Non-Federal match.
  • Based upon a formula of total land mass and population, New Mexico gets a little over $1 million every year.
  • Federal
  • Tribal
  • State
  • County
  • Municipal
  • Private
  • Non-Profit
  • Everyone!

Jaguar, Panthera onca

plans to update
6th Element- Formally review CWCS every 10 years of less.

NMDGF selected a 7 year review (2013), followed by 5 year review cycles.

Revision Objectives-

Assess progress

Evaluate effectiveness

Incorporate new information

Identify future needs for revision

Produce a revised document

Revision will occur in collaboration w/partners and interested parties.

Plans to Update

Chapter 7, Pgs. 444-449



Mule Deer, Odocoileus hemionus