Conservation and management of natural resources is an interdisciplinary endeavor. The Southwest region’s Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) initiative coordinates and standardizes inventory and monitoring data collected on National Wildlife Refuges (Refuges) and landscapes in the Southwest United States. We strive to integrate via staffing and funding, Biological Sciences, Fire Management, and Water Resources Divisions into a natural resource program that leverages shared I&M priorities.Our regional I&M initiative integrates with the US Fish and Wildlife Service National I&M effort, Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) and other agencies. The I&M initiative supports projects that improve our ability to address conservation and management information needs relevant to species, habitats, and landscapes on and off Refuges in the Southwest.

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