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State Status Designations

New Mexico has separate provisions for endangered plants and animals. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, through its Conservation Services Division, administers the Wildlife Conservation Act. (NMSA 1978 § 17-2-37 et seq.) The Act requires the listing of any species or subspecies of "wildlife indigenous to the state" as endangered or threatened on the basis of investigations and other scientific and commercial data, and after consultation with wildlife agencies in other states, federal agencies, local and tribal governments, and other interested persons and organizations.

The Forestry Division of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) administers the Endangered Plant Species Act, passed in 1985.(NMSA 1978 § 75-6-1). This Act acknowledges only one status, "Endangered." Other plant status designations listed below have no formal status. These are, furthermore, currently outdated. As a group they have been replaced by the New Mexico Rare Plant Technical Council Species of Concern List and Taxa Considered But Not Listed List.


E = Endangered
Any species or subspecies whose prospects of survival or recruitment in New Mexico are in jeopardy.

T = Threatened
Any species or subspecies that is likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range in New Mexico.

R = Restricted Species (CITES)
US Fish and Wildlife Service CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) listing. Import and Export Permits are required for this species/subspecies.


E = Endangered
Any plant species whose prospects of survival within the state are in jeopardy or are likely, within the forseeable future, to become jeopardized.

S = Sensitive (Informal)
Any plant taxon that is considered to be rare because of restricted distribution or low numerical density.

R = Review List (Informal)
Any plant taxon about which more information is needed. The species is either taxonmically questionable or poorly understood as to distribution or endangerment.

D = Dropped List(Informal)
Taxa considered , but not included on above lists; or taxa delisted from previous lists.

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