The ecology of the Madro-Tertiary of North America is generally poorly known. Furthermore, its scientific literature on ecosystem-based management is largely uncollected and, therefore, unknown to many planners, managers, and research workers in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. As a consequence of this situation, this bibliography was compiled to furnish a literature basis for the implementing of management activities and planning of research endeavors in this region.

The geographical scope of this bibliography is the Madrean Biogeographic Province north of 27° latitude, including the Madrean Archipelago region within the southwestern United States (Brown 1982, IUCN Secretariat 1973). Significant literature from similar ecosystems on adjacent areas has been included in the compilation of the bibliography, because of the significant ecological overlap.