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.


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