We work with public and private partners to conserve and restore New Mexico's threatened and endangered species, migratory birds, wetlands, and other important fish and wildlife resources. To accomplish our mission, we implement the following priorities: Endangered Species, Environmental Contaminants, Conservation Project Planning and Partners for Fish and Wildlife. In addition, we are responsible for activities in New Mexico administering the Endangered Species Act. We do this by ensuring fish and wildlife and their habitats are considered by federal agencies during project planning for projects such as construction of roads, bridges, dams and other infrastructure.

Our Organization

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The Ecological Services Program works to restore and protect healthy populations of fish, wildlife, and plants and the environments upon which they depend. Using the best available science, we work with federal, state, Tribal, local, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as private land owners, to...
Partners for Fish and Wildlife: Nevada Coordinator Susan Abele Meets with Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Member to Conduct a Site Visit at Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program provides free technical and financial assistance to landowners, managers, tribes, corporations, schools and nonprofits interested in improving wildlife habitat on their land. Since 1987, we have helped more than 30,000 landowners to complete more than 50,...
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Once common throughout parts of the Southwestern U.S. and Mexico, the Mexican wolf was all but eliminated from the wild by the 1970s due to conflicts with livestock. In 1976, the Mexican wolf was listed as endangered and a binational captive breeding program was initiated soon after to save this...

Our Species

The New Mexico Ecological Services Field Office has lead responsibility to conserve and protect over 50 species. These species represent many different taxa and occur across all habitat and ecosystem types in New Mexico, some of which also extend into other states or cross the border into Mexico. We also have responsibility to help conserve and protect an additional 50 species throughout the southwest. Click on the link below to learn more about these important species and their habitats.

Featured Species - Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout

The Rio Grande cutthroat trout, one of 14 subspecies of cutthroat trout, is native to the Rio Grande, Pecos River, and Canadian River basins in New Mexico and Colorado. Through hard work and collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico Department of Fish and Wildlife, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Mescalero Apache Nation, Jicarilla Apache Nation, Taos Pueblo, and a few other partners, we have established a Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Conservation Team. This team developed a Conservation Strategy to help prevent the Rio Grande cutthroat trout from becoming listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. This strategy promotes conservation  by decreasing or removing threats to the species. Our office works closely with the Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Conservation Team to provide long-term success of Rio Grande cutthroat trout throughout its historical range. 

Our Library

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Documentation of New Mexico Candidate Conservation Agreement (CCA)/Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA). These are voluntary conservation agreements between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and one or more public or private parties. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works...
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Browse our library for more information about the Endangered Species Act and our work to conserve endangered, threatened, and candidate species.
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The purpose of these documents is to provide recommendations for standardizing and streamlining Endangered Species Action (ESA) section 7 consultations for listed plant species and their designated critical habitats. These documents are not formal guidance on how to analyze and mitigate potential...

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