The Gila River Headwaters Conservation Opportunity Area (COA) encompasses 54,733 ha (135,248 ac) in the Gila National Forest of western New Mexico. Almost all is managed by USFS (96%). It contains only one Important Bird Area (Gila-Cliff Area), but 77% of the COA is protected. Landcover includes 15 native vegetation habitats plus open water and a small amount of disturbed lands. The COA is dominated by three native vegetation habitats: Rocky Mountain Lower Montane Forest (41.2%), Intermountain Juniper Woodland (24%), and Madrean Lowland Evergreen Woodland (20%). Perennial aquatic habitats include 285 km (177 mi) of warm water streams, 118 km (73 mi) of cold water streams, and 23.6 ha (58.3 ac) of reservoirs.


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