The Chihuahuan Desert is considered to be one of the most biologically diverse deserts in the world, based on species richness, for both flora and fauna. The dominant vegetation of the Chihuahuan Desert is made up of shrubs such as Creosote(Larrea tridentata) and Tarbush (Flourensia cernua), however, many diverse grasslands dot the ecoregion, containing species such as Purple Three-Awn (Aristida purpurea), Black Grama (Bouteloua eriopoda), and Sideoats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula). The Chihuahuan Desert receives, on average, around 10” of rain a year, making it typically more wet than the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts.
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Management Questions, Conservation Elements, and Change Agents
Development of the management questions, the conservation elements, and the change agents are currently underway. The Assessment Management Team for the Chihuahuan Desert REA will make their final selection of these items by the end of April 2013.