Gila (Silver City)


President:  Ron Groves  orangegroves42 “at”

Vice President and Program Chair: open

Treasurer: Pam Bryant, (575 313-9177)  pamandron4684 “at”

Secretary: Jeff Boyd  boyd189 “at”

Membership: Joan Limmer, elroy.limmer “at”

Past President: Russ Kleinman, sparks “at”

Communications: Charles Holmes (575 388-1371) gnpseditor “at”

Publicity: Betty Spence betty.spence7 “at”

Field Trip Chair: Deming Gustafson (575 388-5192) demgus “at”

Social Chair: Liz Mikols, emikols “at”

Chapter Representative: Keller Suberkropp keller65 “at”

Education Committee Chair: Jeff Boyd (602 810-8059) boyd189 “at”

Conservation Chair: to be appointed

Scheduled Events 2016

All programs are free and open to the public. Meetings are third Fridays at 7pm at WNMU’s Harlan Hall with refreshments following the program. Activity updates and further details will be posted on

Saturday, February 27 Field Trips: In conjunction with the Sixth Natural History of the Gila Symposium, the Gila Chapter will sponsor a field trip “Trees of the Gila region on WNMU Campus”, from 8:00 am to noon, led by Richard Felger. Participants meet at the WNMU Fine Arts parking lot. Also available that day will be a field trip, “Birds of the Middle Gila Valley”, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, led by Karen Beckenbach and William Norris; participants for this field trip also meet at the WNMU Fine Arts parking lot.

Friday, March 18 Talk: “Adventures of a New Mexico Rare Plant Botanist” with field botanist Jim McGrath at 7:00 pm  in Room 219 Harlan Hall on the Western New Mexico University campus.

Jim McGrath will describe his involvement with New Mexico rare plants over the past 15 years. Jim’s story begins with a description of the strategies, problems and successes in performing rare plant clearance surveys in the oil and gas fields of northwest New Mexico. Jim expanded his association with rare plants by developing rare plant workshops with follow-up field trips. These field trips allowed Jim to learn the rare plants of the Sacramento and White Mountains of central New Mexico and the gyp soils of the White Mesa area near Albuquerque. Jim’s years as NPSNM conservation chair gave Jim the opportunity to learn the rare plants of the Blue Hole Cienega Nature Preserve at Santa Rosa. The workshops and field trips allowed Jim to share his knowledge with others.


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


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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