The Middle Rio Grande Conservation Opportunity Area (COA) encompasses 52,570 ha (129,903 ac) from the south end of Albuquerque to the north end of Elephant Butte Reservoir. Most of its land (55%) is privately-owned, but 21% is managed by USFWS, 8% by NMSP, and 6% is tribal. It contains three Important Bird Areas (Bosque del Apache, Elephant Butte, Ladd S. Gordon), three TNC conservation areas (Bosque Wilderness, Sedillo Spring, Sevilleta), and 26% of its lands are protected. Landcover includes 13 native vegetation habitats plus open water, developed, and agricultural lands. Dominant habitats are Great Plains Floodplain Forest (30%) and Chihuahuan Desert Scrub (24%), but a sizable area (16.4%) is agriculture. Perennial aquatic habitats include 238 km (148 mi) of warm water streams and 2,091 ha (5,167 ac) of warm water reservoirs.


Habitat Name Habitat Size in Hectares
Arid West Interior Freshwater Emergent Marsh 124.56
Chihuahuan Desert Scrub 12820.77
Chihuahuan Semi-Desert Grassland 5878.44
Cliff, Scree & Rock Vegetation 1471.5
Developed & Urban 3007.26
Great Plains Floodplain Forest 15896.88
Herbaceous Agricultural Vegetation 8884.35
Intermountain Dry Shrubland & Grassland 638.55
Intermountain Saltbush Shrubland 18.36
Intermountain Tall Sagebrush Shrubland 0.63
Open Water 3322.53
Rocky Mountain Montane Riparian Forest 1.35
Rocky Mountain Montane Shrubland 1.71
Southwest Riparian Forest 3.06
Warm & Cool Desert Alkali-Saline Wetland 164.34
Warm-Desert Arroyo Riparian Scrub 393.66

Species (SGCN)

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