Gila (Silver City)


President:  Ron Groves

Vice President and Program Chair: open

Treasurer: Pam Bryant

Secretary: Jeff Boyd

Membership: Joan

Past President: Russ Kleinman

Communications: Charles Holmes

Publicity: Betty Spence

Field Trip Chair: Deming Gustafson

Social Chair: Liz Mikols

Chapter Representative: Keller Suberkropp

Education Committee Chair: Jeff Boyd

Conservation Chair: to be appointed

Scheduled Events 2016

All meetings and field trips are free and open to the public. Meetings are third Fridays from September to April at 7 p.m. at WNMU’s Harlan Hall, with refreshments following the program.

Field trips are conducted third Sundays from April to September; hikers meet at 8 a.m. in the south parking lot of WNMU Fine Arts Theatre for carpooling. Participants must sign a release-of-liability form and will receive a list of native plants in the hiking area.

Friday, Jan 15, meeting, featuring a presentation by Dr. Keller Suberkropp,
“Adaptations in Photosynthesis Occurring in Many of Our Native Plants”.  In warm, arid conditions many plants close their stomates if water loss is too high; however, this prevents diffusion of the CO2 into the leaf for photosynthesis. Dr. Suberkropp describes the C-4 and CAM pathways of CO2 fixation used by many plants in our region to solve that problem.

Friday, Feb 19, meeting, featuring a presentation by Van Clothier, owner of Stream Dynamics, “Water harvesting Projects as They Relate to Growing Native Plants in Our Area”.

Friday, March 18, meeting, featuring a talk by Jim McGrath, “Adventures of a Rare Plant Botanist”. Jim describes his involvement with rare plants over the last 15 years: performing rare plant clearance surveys in the oil and gas fields of northwest New Mexico and developing rare plant workshops and field trips in the Sacramento and White Mountains. His years as NPSNM conservation chair gave him the opportunity to learn the rare plants of the Blue Hold Cienega Nature Preserve at Santa Rosa

Saturday, April 9, 14th Annual Native Plant Sale at the GNPS booth at the Home and Garden Expo, Intramural Gym, WNMU campus 11 am to 5 pm; plants ordered online or in person available for pick-up on April 22 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the parking lot across from Gough Park at 12th and Pope Sts.

Friday, April 15, meeting, featuring a presentation by William (Bill) Norris, Richard Felger, Russ Kleinman and Kelly Kindscher of their findings to date on the project “A Floristic Study of the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument: Revelations, Mysteries,  and Challenges”.

Sunday, April 17, field trip to Granite Gap; this BLM-owned site – with easy walking among fantastic rock formations – hosts many plants we don’t see in the Gila region.

Sunday, May 15, field trip to Eighty Mountain, a moderate walk, with an elevation gain of a couple hundred feet over two miles. The trail passes through Ponderosa forest, eventually contouring the north slope of Eighty Mountain. Gambel oak (Quercus gambelii), alumroot (Heuchera) and lip ferns (Cheilanthes) occupy the shadiest sites on the slope.

Sunday, June 19, field trip to Meadow Creek. The Meadow Creek drainage in the Pinos Altos range supports some of the largest Gambel’s oak in the Gila region as well as some interesting plants in the Rose Family: Crataegus wootoniana (Wooton’s hawthorn), Rosa woodsii (Wood’s rose) and the sublime Potentilla thurberi (red cinquefoil).

Sunday, July 17, field trip to Tadpole Ridge, Trail 232 from Sheep Corral Canyon, a moderate hike through large-diameter mixed conifer and Gambel’s oak with a diverse understory of shrubs and herbaceous plants. The legume family is well represented with lotus, lupine and vetch in bloom.

Sunday, August 21, field trip to Lower Gallinas Canyon in the Black Range, an easy hike which follows a perennial stream. The canyon harbors some uncommon plants like the nodding onion, Allium cernuum; the crag lily, Echeandia flavescens; and pony’s foot, Dichondra argentea.

Friday, September 16, meeting; Matthew Schultz and Mitchel White of the U.S. Forest Service  present an update on the status of the Gila Forest Plan Revision.

Sunday, September 18, field trip to Tennessee Gulch in the Big Lue Mountains; a moderate trail winds through a mosaic of ponderosa forest, woodland and sculpted outcroppings of white rhyolite. The Madrean pines, Pinus chihuahuensis and Pinus cembroides, are know in the vicinity.

Friday, October 21, meeting, featuring a talk by Russ Kleinman, “Ancient Sea Ledges, Deep Rocky Canyons, Lava Flows, Ice Caves and Other Challenging Places Mosses Hide”. Russ shares the difficulties and excitement experienced while looking for mosses and liverworts in some of the toughest landscapes in New Mexico.

Friday, November 18, meeting, featuring a talk, “Creative Coloring: Dye Plants That Grow in the Greater Gila Region”, by Ann Hedlund, cultural anthropologist, and Hosana Eilert, weaver. Ann and Hosana  discuss native plants that have been used historically or have potential to be used for natural dyeing.

Sunday, December 11, Pot-Luck Holiday Party  at the Commons/Volunteer Center at 1 pm.

The Gila Native Plant Society is committed to promoting education, research and appreciation of the native flora of the Southwest,  encouraging the preservation of rare and endangered plant species and  supporting the use of suitable native plants in landscaping.  For information on programs, publications and membership, please visit

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Gila Chapter Annual Report

2015 Chapter Report (PDF)

2014 Chapter Report (PDF)

2013 Chapter Report (PDF)

2012 Chapter Report (PDF)

2011 Chapter Report (PDF)

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