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

The Southwest Program is an office of the Institute for Applied Ecology 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:

  • Coordinate the Southwest Seed Partnership to improve the supply of native seed for restoration projects in New Mexico and Arizona.  See our website and Facebook page.
  • Work with local tribes, schools, and prisons to develop native plant materials and provide opportunities for horticultural training. Click to view our brochure for our Tribal Youth Conservation Internship!
  • 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 for more information and to register for Forest Bound.
  • Combat 'plant blindness' - click here for an engaging webinar to get students to see the wonders of botany and ecology!

We are grateful for the support of a Technical Advisory Board of local experts.

Please consider a donation to support our Southwest Program.

Or, donate an item on the Southwest Wish List!

IAE Southwest Office
1850 Old Pecos Trail, Suite I
Santa Fe, NM  87505  Phone: 505-490-4910

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