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Arizona's CWCS is based on a landscape-level approach-identifying important habitats and conservation needs to sustain fish and wildlife populations and maintain ecosystem health.

"Ecoregions" are defined as large geographic areas of land and water with landscape features that are distinct from neighboring lands-differences in vegetation, geology or soils, range of elevation, annual rainfall, and/or unique ecological or environmental patterns. Some fish and wildlife species are only found in one particular ecoregion, while other species are able to live in and among multiple ecoregions.

The term "Ecoregion" is generally synonymous with other classification terms like "Major Land Resource Area," "Province," or "Biomes."

Arizona's Ecoregions and Vegetative Communities
Arizona's Ecoregions and Vegetative Communities For Arizona's CWCS, six ecoregions were identified:
- Colorado Plateau
- Arizona-New Mexico Mountains
- Apache Highlands North
- Apache Highlands South
- Sonoran Desert
- Mohave Desert

Within these ecoregions are 14 vegetative communities (Brown and Lowe 1994) and three aquatic systems (including associated riparian habitat).

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Arizona's major rivers, streams, lakes, springs, and riparian habitats. Arizona's major rivers, streams, lakes, springs, and riparian habitats.

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Components of Arizona's CWCS
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