The Northern Sacramento Mountains Conservation Opportunity Area (COA) encompasses 28,470 ha (70,351 ac) of the Lincoln National Forest north of Ruidoso. Fifty-two percent of its lands are protected. The Sierra Blanca TNC refuge is located in this COA. Landcover includes 17 native vegetation habitats. Madrean Montane Forest and Woodland is most dominant (64.4%). Perennial aquatic habitats include 124 km (77 mi) of cold water streams and 18.6 ha (46.0 ac) of cold water reservoirs.


Habitat Name Habitat Size in Hectares
Chihuahuan Desert Scrub 20.16
Chihuahuan Semi-Desert Grassland 461.7
Cliff, Scree & Rock Vegetation 92.97
Great Plains Shortgrass Prairie 0.45
Intermountain Dry Shrubland & Grassland 7.92
Madrean Lowland Evergreen Woodland 2749.14
Madrean Montane Forest & Woodland 18320.31
Montane-Subalpine Wet Shrubland & Wet Meadow 0.18
Rocky Mountain Lower Montane Forest 1155.33
Rocky Mountain Montane Riparian Forest 21.06
Rocky Mountain Montane Shrubland 1288.26
Rocky Mountain Pinyon - Juniper Woodland 701.82
Rocky Mountain Subalpine-High Montane Conifer Forest 1552.05
Rocky Mountain Subalpine-High Montane Meadow 878.22
Southwest Riparian Forest 1013.76
Warm & Cool Desert Alkali-Saline Wetland 16.38
Warm Interior Chaparral 224.73

Species (SGCN)

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