New Mexico Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool
Visualizing sensitive species and habitats across New Mexico
NM CHAT is:
a conservation information system for energy development planners, natural resources managers, and conservation practitioners.
a tool to better incorporate wildlife values, sensitive animals and plants, and important ecosystem features into land use decision-making to reduce conflicts and surprises.
a collaborative project between the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, Natural Heritage New Mexico at the University of New Mexico, and the Western Governors’ Association’s Wildlife Council.
Use NM CHAT to quickly identify the location of New Mexico’s crucial wildlife habitat
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NM CHAT provides:
landscape-level information on species and habitats.
a Crucial Habitat Rank at a square-mile scale based on:
Species of Concern (animals and plants)
Terrestrial Species of Economic and Recreational Importance
Aquatic Species of Economic and Recreational Importance
Freshwater Integrity (watershed status)
Wetland and Riparian Areas
Large Natural Areas
Natural Vegetation Communities of Concern
supplemental spatial data to aid conservation planning.
links to other information tools.