New Mexico Playa Decision Support Tools

PDSS_user_manual_coverThis page features Playa Decision Support Tools (DSTs) for New Mexico that are part of a bigger Playa Decision Support System for the entire PLJV region. These tools are intended for use by multiple stakeholder groups—including natural resource professionals, land managers and developers—providing them with spatially explicit data, maps, and written guidance that can inform decisions that may impact playas and their associated wildlife.

User Manual and Spatial Data

The GIS data offer two spatial scales at which to analyze potential impacts of activities on playas and associated wildlife—landscape scale (clusters, large isolated playas, and saline lakes) and site scale (playas). Click on a link below to download a zip file for the appropriate data layer.

County Maps

Below are PDF maps showing playas by land-use activity statewide and for each county. Playa clusters, large isolated playas, and saline lakes are also included on every map. Click on a link to open a map in your browser or right click and choose “Save as…” to download a map.


Download statewide maps or individual county maps (1-2 MB):


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Download statewide maps or individual county maps (1-2 MB):

New Mexico Working Group

The integrity and usefulness of the Playa DSS is greatly strengthened by the wide-ranging knowledge and perspectives provided by the working groups. Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) would like to recognize all the agencies and organizations that contributed to this process.

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
  • New Mexico Environment Department
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • US Geological Survey
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service