Southwest Program

SWAE cactus

Claret cup cactus at Arroyo Hondo Open Space, Santa Fe County, New Mexico

The Southwest Program is a branch of IAE located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our goal is to support the conservation, restoration, and recovery of New Mexico’s diverse biological resources in collaboration with conservation leaders in the state. Improving the supply of ecologically appropriate native plant materials for restoration and recovery of rare plants and butterflies, including Monarch butterflies, is a central focus.

Here are some examples of what we do in the Southwest Program:

  • Work with local tribes, schools, and prisons to develop native plant materials and provide opportunities for horticultural training.
  • Reach out to public and private landowners to facilitate habitat restoration and mine reclamation projects.
  • Conduct applied ecological research to improve our understanding of management needs for rare plants and effective post-wildfire restoration practices.
  • Published From Ponderosa to Prickly Pear: Exploring the Native Plants of New Mexico. Check out our Project Botany - New Mexico Native Plant Curriculum page for more information and to download a free copy.
  • Offer Forest Bound, an outdoor ecological education program for high school students in New Mexico.  Click here to read more about Forest Bound.

Please visit the Southwest Seed Partnership Facebook page!

The Southwest Program is grateful for the support of a Technical Advisory Board of local experts.

Please consider a donation to support our Southwest Program

ADDRESS:
SW Program Office
100 La Salle Circle, Suite B
Santa Fe, NM  87505-6976

 

 

 

Southwest Program Staff:

Melanie Gisler, Southwest Program Director

 

 

Shawn Stone, Southwest Seed Partnership Coordinator

Yvonne Hickerson, Ecologist

Sara Digby, Native Plant Society Outreach Coordinator and Educator

 

 

Jeff Depew, Environmental Education Coordinator

Victoria Atencio, Earth Care Sustainability Educator