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NHNM Wins 2013 Conservation Impact Award. NHNM Director Esteban Muldavin accepts award from NatureServe CEO Mary Klein and Aníbal Ramírez of Pronatura Veracruz.

Natural Heritage New Mexico Wins 2013 NatureServe Network Award for Conservation Impact

Natural Heritage New Mexico (NHNM) received the 2013 Conservation Impact Award recently at the NatureServe network's annual Biodiversity Without Boundaries conference in Baltimore. The award honors recent accomplishments by NHNM, a division of the University of New Mexico's Museum of Southwestern Biology and the UNM Department of Biology.

More information on NHNM'S award.

Plant Booster Presentation

NM Rapid Assessment Methodology - Biotics Metrics Training

On June 20, 2013, the NHNM ecology team presented a one-day workshop focused on the biotic metrics that are included in the NMRAM. The goal of the workshop was to familiarize participants with the included metrics, and to introduce beginning botanists to plant identification terminology, concepts, and skills such as graminoid identification, recognizing common northern New Mexican riparian species, and how to collect specimens for identification in the office.

NMRAM Training Presentation

NM Rapid Assessment Methodology - Complete Metrics Training

The intent of the NMRAM (New Mexico Rapid Assessment Method) is to provide a cost-effective, consistent and meaningful tool for the assessment of wetland condition. It uses a select set of observable and relatively easy-to-measure landscape and field indicators (metrics) to express the relative condition of a particular wetland site. Developed in the context of a "reference set" of wetlands that vary along an anthropogenic disturbance gradient, the underlying premise of the NMRAM is that wetland condition among similar wetlands will vary along this disturbance gradient, from high quality and functionality with low disturbance to the most degraded with high disturbance. Based on this, the ecological condition of a particular site is then evaluated and ranked based on a preponderance of evidence from a suite of landscape, biological, and abiotic attributes that are sensitive to the gradient. Using the NMRAM, wetlands can be compared across many scales and jurisdictions, and in a variety of project contexts. The most recent training in this method was held June 12-14, 2013.

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