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.

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