The Mescalero Sands Conservation Opportunity Area (COA) encompasses 241,311 ha (596,292 ac) beginning approximately 40 km (25 mi) west of Hobbs and extending north and then east to the Texas state line south of Portales. Land stewardship is divided among four entities: 40% privately-owned, 39% BLM, 17% SLO, and 4% by the Department. It contains >20 Important Bird Areas (Department Prairie-Chicken Areas), four TNC conservation areas (Milnesand, Lone Wolf, Querecho Plains, and Mescalero Sands), but only 7% is protected. Landcover includes 17 native vegetation habitats, open water, and agricultural lands. Most is Great Plains Sand Grassland and Shrubland (46%) or Great Plains Shortgrass Prairie (38%). This COA contains no perennial aquatic habitat.


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