The Black Range Conservation Opportunity Area (COA) encompasses 181,729 ha (449,062 ac) in the Gila National Forest of western New Mexico. Almost all is managed by USFS (89%), but 10.4% is privately-owned. It contains one Important Bird Area (Ladder Ranch) and eight TNC conservation areas (Northern Black Range, Las Animas Creek, Gila River Complex, Hillsboro West, Ladder Ranch, Southern Black Range/Cooks Peak, Mineral Creek Mimbres River). Fifty-four percent of the COA is protected. Landcover includes 20 native vegetation habitats and a small amount of disturbed lands. Rocky Mountain Lower Montane Forest covers the largest portion of the COA (40%) with smaller amounts covered by Rocky Mountain Subalpine High Montane Conifer Forest (14%) and Intermountain Juniper Woodland (12%). Perennial aquatic habitats include 215 km (134 mi) of warm water and 271 km (168 mi) of cold water streams.


Habitat Name Habitat Size in Hectares
Arid West Interior Freshwater Emergent Marsh 16.47
Chihuahuan Desert Scrub 424.17
Chihuahuan Semi-Desert Grassland 9793.98
Cliff, Scree & Rock Vegetation 2771.73
Intermountain Dry Shrubland & Grassland 1069.74
Intermountain Juniper Woodland 21511.89
Intermountain Saltbush Shrubland 84.51
Intermountain Tall Sagebrush Shrubland 45.54
Madrean Lowland Evergreen Woodland 1978.38
Madrean Montane Forest & Woodland 234.99
Montane-Subalpine Wet Shrubland & Wet Meadow 19.53
Recently Disturbed or Modified 327.6
Rocky Mountain Lower Montane Forest 114937.74
Rocky Mountain Montane Riparian Forest 2.16
Rocky Mountain Montane Shrubland 334.53
Rocky Mountain Subalpine-High Montane Conifer Forest 25552.26
Rocky Mountain Subalpine-High Montane Meadow 445.05
Southwest Riparian Forest 980.37
Warm & Cool Desert Alkali-Saline Wetland 3.15
Warm Interior Chaparral 1038.42
Warm-Desert Arroyo Riparian Scrub 0.72

Species (SGCN)

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