SYNTHESIS OF CONSERVATION PRIORITIES

As indicated in the Approach chapter, conservation actions were constructed based on: 1) SGCN, 2) key habitats, 3) problems affecting species or habitats, 4) information gaps that limit our ability to make informed conservation decisions, 5) research, survey, and monitoring needs that if met would enhance our ability to make conservation decisions, and 6) desired future outcomes for habitats or SGCN. The Assessment and Strategies for SGCN and Key Habitats (Chapter 5) provides descriptions of each of these components for each key habitat within ecological frameworks.

Below, we offer a summary of statewide conservation concerns. We present a discussion of factors that influence New Mexico habitats and wildlife. We also provide summarized information gaps and research, survey, and monitoring needs from the ecological frameworks and key habitats (Chapter 5) as well as additional points that limit our ability to make informed conservation decisions.

We also summarize the top five conservation actions listed in each key habitat within ecological frameworks (Chapter 5). Conservation actions provided in Chapter 4 were prioritized based on the number of key habitats in which they were identified, and their priority rank in each key habitat within ecological frameworks. As such, conservation actions that were in multiple habitats and received higher prioritization in Chapter 5 were given higher prioritization ranks below.

Priorities collectively identified in Chapter 4 should not supersede those identified in Chapter 5. Rather, Chapter 4 organizational framework takes a broader-scale approach to synthesizing prioritized conservation actions applicable to the statewide scale. We anticipate that those who will use this Strategy as a resource and planning guide will reference conservation actions under each ecological framework and key habitat as well as this synthesized approach.