The San Francisco River Conservation Opportunity Area (COA) encompasses 163,724 ha (404,571 ac) 100 km (62 mi) north of Silver City. Most (89%) of it is managed by USFS. It contains three TNC conservation areas (Gila River Complex, Mogollon Divide, and Tularosa River); only 9% of its lands are protected. Landcover includes 15 native vegetation habitats plus open water, developed, and agricultural lands. Three habitats are dominant: Rocky Mountain Lower Montane Forest (50%), Madrean Lowland Evergreen Woodland (26.4%), and Intermountain Juniper Woodland (16.4%). Perennial aquatic habitats include 523 km (325 mi) of warm water and 152 km (94 mi) of cold water streams.


Habitat Name Habitat Size in Hectares
Chihuahuan Desert Scrub 2046.51
Chihuahuan Semi-Desert Grassland 2767.59
Cliff, Scree & Rock Vegetation 871.02
Developed & Urban 79.47
Herbaceous Agricultural Vegetation 149.13
Intermountain Dry Shrubland & Grassland 1889.46
Intermountain Juniper Woodland 26823.42
Madrean Lowland Evergreen Woodland 43183.44
Madrean Montane Forest & Woodland 870.03
Open Water 4.05
Rocky Mountain Lower Montane Forest 81358.65
Rocky Mountain Montane Riparian Forest 38.97
Rocky Mountain Montane Shrubland 157.86
Rocky Mountain Subalpine-High Montane Conifer Forest 170.01
Rocky Mountain Subalpine-High Montane Meadow 469.71
Southwest Riparian Forest 406.62
Warm Interior Chaparral 1927.35
Warm-Desert Arroyo Riparian Scrub 0.99

Species (SGCN)

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