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Restore New Mexico
What is Restore? Accomplishments Partnerships
photo of antelope running Before and after photo of restored area photo of partnership agreement

Restore New Mexico is an ambitious partnership to restore our state’s grasslands, woodlands and riparian areas to a more healthy and productive condition.  Since its inception in 2005, Restore has become a model for rangeland conservation in the western United States.  
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To date more than 3 million acres of impaired habitat have been treated, starting the transition to healthy ecological states. The BLM, along with its partners, is rapidly approaching the two millionth acre treated milestone.  
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The New Mexico BLM has emerged as a national leader in pioneering collaborative partnerships, breaking barriers to bring together government, ranchers, industry, and non-profit organizations to restore landscapes and wildlife habitats.
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Why Restore? Is there something wrong with our landscapes today?

In the early 19th Century, grasslands dominated much of New Mexico. Over the past century, however, grasses have given way to invasive and noxious species like creosote, mesquite, salt cedar and more, the result of overuse, drought and other factors. The left map shows vegetation levels before European settlement; note the overwhelming presence of grasslands across the state. The second map shows current levels of vegetation, in particular the vast expansion of shrub-dominated landscapes.


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 Restore New Mexico partnership newsletter

Partnerships Newsletter

Science Newsletter

One Millionth Acre Newsletter

Fire Newsletter

Rancher Honored for Landscape Restoration Efforts

Restore Before & After Photos

Innovative Partnership Formed to Restore West Potrillos

Millionth Acre Celebration
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Restore Fact Sheets

The Art and Science of Restoring New Mexico's Landscapes

Video: Grassland Conservation -- Protecting our Legacy

In the southern Great Plains of southeastern New Mexico, the USFWS partnered with other federal agencies, state agencies, the oil & gas industry, ranchers, conservation organizations and private landowners to develop and implement a Candidate Conservation Agreement/Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for the lesser prairie-chicken and the dunes sagebrush lizard.

The CCA/CCAA provides conservation benefits for the lesser prairie-chicken and the dunes sagebrush lizard while ensuring that on the ground operations can move forward. Here is the story of the partners that came together to develop the CCA/CCAA