The Tularosa Basin of south-central New Mexico has been the focus of a pilot data-compilation project relating to the Basin's ecosystem history. The Tularosa Basin Ecosystems database was designed to aid land managers and environmental specialists who need time-depth information for planning and decision making. Project lead/sponsors are White Sands Missile Range, NM; Bureau of Land Management-Las Cruces, NM; and U.S. Army Environmental Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.

Archaeological, historic, and paleoclimatic data were included for the time span from 20,000 years ago to the present. Data were compiled from extant reports, articles, and books, as well as electronic, and photographic media.

The database is portable and linked with query or context-searching software capabilities. Project participants have tested the prototype database package. Their assessments have guided revisions of the prototype and future versions of the ecosystem database. Resolution of key land-management issues were attempted through prototype applications of the data.

For information about the project,
contact Mike Mallouf, Environmental
Services Division (STEWS-DES-E),
White Sands Missile Range, NM (505) 678-8651, or
Shelley Smith, U.S. Army Environmental Center,
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD (410) 671-1577.





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