The Middle Pecos River Conservation Opportunity Area (COA) encompasses 54,870 ha (135,587 ac) that extends along the Pecos River from Fort Sumner to Lake Arthur, south of Roswell. Most of the COA is privately-owned (62%), but sizable portions are managed by the BLM (16.25%) and USFWS (12%). It contains two Important Bird Areas (Bitter Lake NWR and Bosque Redondo) and one TNC conservation area (Crawford Ranch). Only 14% of the COA is protected. Landcover includes 14 native vegetation habitats, open water, and agricultural, disturbed, and developed lands. Chihuahuan Desert Scrub is the dominant (60%) terrestrial habitat. Perennial aquatic habitats include 417 km (259 mi) of warm water streams and 22 ha (54 ac) of warm water reservoirs.


Habitat Name Habitat Size in Hectares
Arid West Interior Freshwater Emergent Marsh 741.42
Chihuahuan Desert Scrub 32922.45
Chihuahuan Semi-Desert Grassland 3484.89
Cliff, Scree & Rock Vegetation 175.86
Developed & Urban 432.18
Great Plains Floodplain Forest 1134.36
Great Plains Sand Grassland & Shrubland 993.87
Great Plains Shortgrass Prairie 5039.91
Herbaceous Agricultural Vegetation 3720.69
Intermountain Dry Shrubland & Grassland 417.78
Madrean Lowland Evergreen Woodland 2.52
Open Water 3013.29
Recently Disturbed or Modified 479.25
Rocky Mountain Montane Shrubland 11.43
Rocky Mountain Pinyon - Juniper Woodland 31.95
Southwest Riparian Forest 376.38
Warm & Cool Desert Alkali-Saline Wetland 114.03
Warm-Desert Arroyo Riparian Scrub 1816.56

Species (SGCN)

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