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  • County unveils pioneering protection plan

    Tucson's innovative Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan will protect hundreds of thousands of acres of virgin desert while still allowing newcomers to build on less environmentally sensitive land.

  • The sublime delight of backtracking

    For 20 years, David Bertelsen has been in love with the same five-mile trail up Finger Rock Canyon north of Tucson, keeping track of its animal and plant life and watching out for the well-being of a fragile landscape.

  • The rise and fall of a desert stream

    In Arizona's Galiuro Mountains, desert streams appear and disappear during the course of a day, and the native fish that have adapted to this complex ecosystem face extinction due to introduced non-natives.

  • The oldest living thing is a quiet survivor

    Shielded in anonymity, the "King Clone," a creosote bush identified as the "oldest living thing on Earth," can be found on a dirt road south of Barstow, Calif., where it continues to keep a low profile about the many benefits of its properties.

  • The allure of the gnarled

    It took a while, but the writer eventually came to see the strange, harsh beauty of the gnarled old pinon and juniper trees in Canyon Country

  • The Lure of the Lawn

    It’s not easy to wean Westerners away from their lush, traditional, turfgrass lawns, but with drought an increasing fact of life, Xeriscape gardening is finally catching on

  • Have golf's glory days gone by?

    Golf – the game that brought grass to the desert – appears to have hit a rough patch in the West

  • How a tiny owl changed Tucson

    The cactus ferruginous pygmy owl has been removed from the endangered species list, but Tucson area leaders say they plan to continue the desert conservation efforts put in place to help the very rare bird

  • A very brief conversation with a Jet Fighter

    A long solitary hike through an empty, pristine desert is interrupted by a close encounter with an F-16 fighter plane

  • Ode to a very hot spot

    Live! From Death Valley is John Soennichsen’s "love letter to an ill-tempered mistress," California’s Death Valley

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