The Gila Highlands Conservation Opportunity Area (COA) encompasses 353,910 ha (874,530 ac) in the Gila National Forest of western New Mexico. Almost all is managed by USFS (98%). It contains two TNC conservation areas (Gila River Complex, Mogollon Divide) and 46% of its lands are protected. Landcover includes 17 native vegetation habitats plus open water and small amounts of disturbed and developed lands. Rocky Mountain Lower Montane Forest is dominant (76%). Intermountain Juniper Woodland (10.4%), Rocky Mountain Subalpine-High Montane Conifer Forest (4%), and Madrean Lowland Evergreen Woodland (4%) are the next most abundant. Perennial aquatic habitats include 118 km (73 mi) of warm water streams, 800 km (497 mi) of cold water streams, and 40 ha (99 ac) of cold water reservoirs.


Habitat Name Habitat Size in Hectares
Arid West Interior Freshwater Emergent Marsh 2.88
Chihuahuan Desert Scrub 48.51
Chihuahuan Semi-Desert Grassland 588.42
Cliff, Scree & Rock Vegetation 2998.44
Developed & Urban 3.87
Intermountain Dry Shrubland & Grassland 2377.53
Intermountain Juniper Woodland 36877.59
Intermountain Saltbush Shrubland 3.15
Madrean Lowland Evergreen Woodland 14624.01
Madrean Montane Forest & Woodland 4137.75
Montane-Subalpine Wet Shrubland & Wet Meadow 6.93
Open Water 27.81
Recently Disturbed or Modified 2566.44
Rocky Mountain Lower Montane Forest 268741.17
Rocky Mountain Montane Riparian Forest 1.98
Rocky Mountain Montane Shrubland 1783.53
Rocky Mountain Subalpine-High Montane Conifer Forest 15378.48
Rocky Mountain Subalpine-High Montane Meadow 272.7
Southwest Riparian Forest 22.86
Warm Interior Chaparral 2809.35

Species (SGCN)

Back To Top