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.

For information about IAE’s Southwest Program, please contact Melanie Gisler.

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

Just Released: 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.

SW Program Office
100 La Salle Circle, Suite B
Santa Fe, NM  87505-6916